Periodontitis and associated oral ailments can result in conditions where surgical intervention is required for both cosmetic and health-optimization reasons. Fortunately, Dr. Kim has been successfully performing these procedures for over 15 years. Take a glance at some of the common procedures and surgeries performed below…
Periodontitis can lead to pockets in the gums which are filled with bacteria and toxins. A common technique called Probing helps to determine how deep the pockets are and how advanced the periodontal disease is. If the pockets that have developed in the gums due to bone loss and are too deep to be addressed with non-surgical methods, Dr. Kim can perform osseous surgery to remedy the issue. This surgery involves removing pocket depths and restoring tight gums. Osseous surgery will allow Dr. Kim to clean out the affected area where bacteria and toxins have built up and are negatively affecting the adjacent tooth, root, and gum line. Damaged bone and soft tissue can be carefully removed and recontoured. The open space is then sealed up and with proper homecare your oral ailment will be much improved. This surgery requires a local anesthetic.
If a tooth needs to be removed, the affected area is first cleaned out to remove all the bacteria and toxins aggravating the surrounding tissue. Dr. Kim then inserts bone grafts into the affected area which works with the natural processes of your own body to build new, healthier bone. This strengthens your jawbone and can be very helpful if you need to house a new implant in the future but do not have the ideal bone structure to do so.
Similar to bone grafting being an excellent treatment option for deteriorating bone structure, gum grafting is an effective treatment method for those who have gum deterioration or a receding gum line. The recession of the gum line often leaves your teeth overly sensitive to temperature and certain foods especially if a portion of your root is revealed. A certain type of gum can be harvested from a different part of your mouth or an artificial gum can also be used. Dr. Kim will discuss which option is best for you depending on the severity of the recession and your cosmetic preferences.
If you are experiencing pain, tenderness, or aching in your jawbone then you may have a temporomandibular dysfunction. Dr. Kim can accurately diagnose and utilize conservative therapies to ease your discomfort.