Surgical Gum Disease Treatment in Washington D.C. & Alexandria, VA
Don’t allow your teeth to be compromised by gum disease.
Surgical Gum Disease Treatments
When gum disease is advanced, it causes symptoms and damage that is unlikely to heal on its own, even with antibiotic treatment and scaling and planing. In these cases, periodontists Dr. Zalewsky may recommend any of the following treatments:
Advanced gum disease can cause the gums to become loose and floppy, increasing the risk of future infections. A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure which removes some of the excess gum tissue, tightening the gums and reducing that risk.
When plaque buildup is extremely severe and a gingivectomy is not sufficient to rectify the problem, osseous surgery (also known as “gum flap” surgery or periodontal surgery) can be performed to remove the source of infection and fit the gums back securely around each tooth.
As gum disease progresses, it can destroy both gum tissue and the underlying bone structure, eventually leading to loosened, unsupported teeth. Gum and bone grafting can be performed to restore these structures, reducing the risk of additional damage and tooth loss.
Dr. Zalewsky and Dr. Hoge offer both traditional gum grafting as well as the innovative pinhole surgical technique, which is minimally invasive and reduces the risk of gum recession.
If teeth have been severely damaged due to periodontal disease and tooth decay, tooth extractions may be required. After the gums have healed, Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge can place dental implants to restore form and functionality to a beautiful smile.
When gum tissue (gingiva) and bone deteriorates because of gum disease or tooth loss, guided tissue restoration can be implemented to help restore a solid foundation for dental implants or to make denture wear more comfortable.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.