Periodontal Surgery

Periodontics and Dental Implants in Rockville, MD

What Is Periodontal Surgery?

Periodontal surgery is a specialized dental treatment that addresses advanced gum disease and its effects on your oral health. As a leading periodontist office, we are committed to providing the highest standard of care, employing cutting-edge techniques and technology to restore your oral health and enhance your smile. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of periodontal surgery, their benefits, and why you should consider them if you’re facing severe gum disease.

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Periodontal Surgery: An Overview

When gum disease progresses to an advanced stage called periodontitis, non-surgical treatments such as scaling and root planing may no longer be sufficient. In such cases, periodontal surgery becomes necessary to prevent tooth loss, restore gum health, and repair damage caused by the disease. Our periodontist office offers a range of surgical options tailored to address your unique oral health needs.

Types of Periodontal Surgery

Flap Surgery (Pocket Reduction Surgery)

Flap surgery aims to reduce the depth of periodontal pockets that have formed around the teeth due to gum disease. Our skilled periodontists will gently lift the gums to access and clean the root surfaces, removing tartar, plaque, and bacteria. The gums are then repositioned and secured in place, promoting healing and making it more difficult for bacteria to accumulate in the future.

Regenerative Procedures

In cases where gum disease has resulted in bone loss, our periodontists may perform regenerative surgery. This procedure involves cleaning the affected area and placing bone grafts, membranes, or tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.

Gum Graft Surgery

Gum recession is a common consequence of periodontitis, leaving the roots of your teeth exposed and vulnerable to decay. Gum graft surgery involves taking a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or another donor site and attaching it to the affected area, effectively covering the exposed root and restoring a healthy gumline.

Crown Lengthening

Sometimes, a tooth may be too short or covered by excessive gum tissue, making it challenging to place a crown or other restoration. Crown lengthening surgery involves the removal of gum tissue, and sometimes bone, to expose more of the tooth’s surface, allowing for successful dental restorations.


Benefits of Periodontal Surgery

  • Halts Gum Disease Progression: Periodontal surgery effectively addresses advanced gum disease, removing harmful bacteria and promoting healing, which can prevent further deterioration of your oral health.
  • Preserves Your Natural Teeth: By addressing the root cause of gum disease and repairing the damage, periodontal surgery can help you maintain your natural teeth, avoiding tooth loss and the need for dental implants or dentures.
  • Improves Oral Health: Periodontal surgery not only addresses gum disease but also enhances overall oral health by reducing inflammation, promoting gum reattachment, and improving bone structure.
  • Enhances Your Smile: A healthy smile is an attractive smile. Periodontal surgery can correct gum recession, restore a balanced gumline, and reveal more of your natural teeth, boosting your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Supports Overall Health: A strong connection exists between oral health and overall health. By addressing advanced gum disease through periodontal surgery, you can lower the risk of developing health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.


Periodontal surgery is a highly effective solution for advanced gum disease, offering a range of treatment options to restore your oral health and enhance your smile. At our periodontist office, our expert team is dedicated to providing exceptional care and helping you achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles.