Periodontal Surgery

Permadent Dental Implant Center

Dental Implant Surgeons located in Torrance, CA

Periodontal surgery includes restorative care to repair problems and cosmetic surgeries to improve your appearance. Whether you want to improve a gummy smile or get dental implants, or you need to repair gums and bone damaged by periodontal disease, you get exceptional surgical care from MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, and Perry R. Klokkevold, DDS, MS, FACD, at PermaDent® Dental Implant Center. If you have questions about periodontal surgery or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call our office in Torrance, California.

Periodontal Surgery Q & A

What dental conditions may require periodontal surgery?

At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we recommend periodontal surgery to treat advanced gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis begins as mild gum inflammation or gingivitis, but when bacteria-filled plaque remains on your teeth, it spreads below the gum line. 

Once plaque is under your gums, it causes chronic inflammation that erodes the soft tissues and bone supporting your teeth. Periodontal surgery to eliminate the plaque and repair the tissues is the best way to prevent tooth loss.

What types of periodontal surgery repair gum disease?

We specialize in several types of periodontal surgery, including:

Flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery

We make a small incision in the gum so we can reach tooth roots and do more effective scaling and root planing.

Soft tissue and connective tissue grafts

We may need to reinforce damaged gums by grafting a small piece of tissue to the affected area. Soft tissue grafting stops receding gums and covers exposed roots.

Bone grafts

When periodontitis damages the bone around your tooth root, a bone graft prevents tooth loss.

Guided tissue and bone regeneration

At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we specialize in implanting specialized membranes that promote new tissue and bone growth.

Tissue-stimulating proteins

While the tooth root is exposed, we can apply a gel containing proteins that stimulate bone regeneration to the tooth root.

Periodontal surgery is an excellent way to prevent tooth loss, but it is also possible to have periodontal surgery for cosmetic reasons.

What is aesthetic periodontal plastic surgery?

As the experts in all things related to your gums and jaws, our periodontists perform several types of periodontal plastic surgery to improve problems such as:

Gummy smile or uneven gum line

When your gums cover too much of your teeth, or they cover your teeth unevenly, you may be a good candidate for dental crown lengthening. During this surgery, we remove excess gum tissue and sculpt the gum line to perfect your smile.

Long teeth or exposed roots

Receding gums expose the tooth root and make your teeth look too long, problems that gum graft surgery can fix.

Tooth loss

Whether you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants are an exceptional solution. At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we carefully replace the original tooth root with an anchor that helps support a prosthetic crown. The result is a new tooth that’s just as functional and beautiful as your original tooth.

Whether you need to restore healthy gums or you want to improve your smile, call us at PermaDent Dental Implant Center.