Periodontal surgery is not always required to treat gum disease. In many cases, excellent home care on your part and non-surgical (scaling and root planing) is sufficient to eliminate the infection. However, when non-surgical treatment does not stop the infection, surgery is required to save your teeth. Periodontal surgery is a specialized form of gum treatment that Dr. Gould was specifically trained to perform. Many new technologies and innovations now permit us to regenerate bone and gum tissue lost due to periodontal disease. We will make recommendations on your specific needs. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals and help you keep your teeth.
Gum disease is often treated by eliminating the gum pockets. The infected gum tissue is removed and the uneven supporting tissues are re-contoured to reduce or eliminate the remaining infection around selected teeth. This procedure is primarily performed after scaling and root planing procedures to correct the defects that the gum disease left behind. This will ensure that you can keep your teeth in a healthy state for years to come. In many cases, newer procedures can be used to regenerate lost supporting gum and bone tissue.