02/05/2010  |  
The Art & Science of Periodontal Surgery

The goal of periodontal surgery is to restore and regenerate normal form and function to the supporting structures of the teeth when they have been lost and/or damaged by periodontal (gum) disease. This includes your gum tissue, periodontal ligament, and bone. While the only monitor for periodontal (gum) disease is controlling daily bacterial plaque, this type of surgery is aimed at treating the defects resulting from the disease thereby creating a more favorable environment around your teeth for daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance. To determine whether or not you require periodontal surgery, your dentist will conduct an examination using a periodontal probe to check for pocketing, the detachment of the gum tissue along the sides of your teeth.

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