Solomon Dental Group is now Sagewood Dental Group. New name, same great team!

Carin J. Solomon, DDS | Helen Sergerie, DMD

Solomon Dental Group is now Sagewood Dental Group. New name, same great team!

Carin J. Solomon, DDS | Helen Sergerie, DMD

Periodontal Surgery

Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a common problem. Most cases only go as far as tenderness and soft gums, but without the proper periodontal care, periodontitis can lead to loss of tissue and bone around the teeth and ultimately loss of the teeth themselves.

Periodontal surgery focuses on the treatment of conditions affecting the supporting structures of the teeth, particularly the gums and the surrounding bone.

Surgical Periodontal Disease Treatment and Maintenance

Once a patient and their dentist have found conservative approaches to treat and control the progression of gum disease have been unsuccessful, a patient will likely be referred to a specialist for periodontal surgery.

Periodontal surgery is a great option for people with:

  • Advanced gum disease
  • Deep periodontal pockets
  • Bone loss around the teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Localized gum infections
 

The goal of periodontal surgery is to remove bacteria from beneath your gums, reshape the bones that support your teeth, and prevent future gum damage by making it easier to clean and maintain your healthy gum tissue.

Gum Grafting (for Recession and Sensitivity)

When the gums have receded, exposed tooth roots can lead to aesthetic or sensitivity concerns. Gum grafting may be recommended to restore the tissue for a healthier smile. The most common method of gum grafting is called a connective tissue graft. This process requires a small sample of tissue from under the roof of the mouth to be harvested and stitched into the area with gum recession to protect the exposed tooth roots.

Immediately after a gum grafting procedure, you’ll be provided with postoperative care instructions that will include oral hygiene techniques and dietary restrictions. It’s important to follow these instructions for proper healing and long-term prevention of further dental problems related to gum recession.

Crown Lengthening Procedures (Treating a “Gummy Smile”)

Some people have a “gummy smile” when their teeth appear short. When a significant portion of the tooth is covered by excess gum tissue, crown lengthening can be performed to improve the appearance of the smile. During this procedure, your periodontist will access the tooth by removing or reshaping excess gum tissue to expose the natural tooth’s surface.

Crown lengthening procedures can also be performed to assist in proper placement of restorative treatments, like dental crowns or bridges.

Our team has delivered outstanding dental care in The Woodlands for over 20 years. We are committed to providing our community with safe, gentle, high-quality dental care.

Questions or Concerns?

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental care, we are more than happy to discuss how you can achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

As a top dentist in The Woodlands, we have helped hundreds of families achieve their oral health goals and are eager to help you and your family do the same.