As thoroughly as you try to promote your own oral health, there are times when problems occur and you need the expert care of a professional. Periodontal surgery with our periodontal surgeon in Manhattan, Elliot Ostro, DMD, is performed with meticulous care, as well as state-of-the-art equipment used in periodontal and implant techniques. More widespread than most of us realize, periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive condition that can lead to more severe inflammation of your gums. Pocket reduction surgery is a periodontal surgery that helps to reduce the depth of the pockets that collect bacteria.
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We know that any type of surgical procedure can cause certain amounts of anxiety, but as an expert in his field, Dr. Ostro’s success rate speaks for itself. We make it our goal to make sure that you’re comfortable and understand all aspects of your pocket reduction surgery. Dental (periodontal) pockets are areas beneath your gums that collect bacteria. Your gums can become sensitive and inflamed, can bleed while brushing or flossing, and root sensitivity may also become an issue. When left untreated, these pockets can cause some severe issues, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Pocket reduction surgery is a treatment that helps to reduce the depth of the bacteria-collecting pockets. Our periodontal surgeon in Manhattan normally performs periodontal surgery under a local anesthetic but for additional comfort, additional sedation is available.
Normally a very gentle procedure, periodontal surgery is where your gum tissue is lightly pulled back and all the bacteria, tartar and plaque found there, is removed. Once the bacteria, tartar and plaque are removed, your gum tissue is securely placed back around your teeth with tiny stitches. The stitches may be self-dissolving or may need to be removed during a follow-up appointment, depending on the condition of the area worked on. Your first follow-up appointment will be about a week after your surgery and then three weeks after that. Our periodontal surgeon in Manhattan, along with our dedicated staff, are with you every step of the way, making ourselves available for all questions or concerns.
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Soft tissue or gum grafting surgery is a dental procedure performed by our Manhattan oral surgeon, Elliott Ostro, DMD. Dr. Ostro is a dental specialist who has advanced training in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the gums and supporting bone. Dr. Ostro will recommend soft tissue grafting surgery to treat oral health problems caused by periodontal disease and recession of your gums. Some benefits of soft tissue grafting surgery include coverage of tooth roots to decrease the risk of tooth decay. This will also help with tooth sensitivity to hot and cold caused by exposed tooth roots. Areas where the gums are very thin or weak will also be reinforced, preventing future oral health problems such as gum recession. By preventing further gum recession, bone loss will also be avoided.
Soft Tissue Grafting Surgery Manhattan
Our Manhattan oral surgeon will explain that when gums recede they cause teeth to look longer than before or the gum line may appear uneven. Also causing teeth to look less appealing is the color difference between the tooth crown and the exposed root area. Elliott Ostro, DMD feels that soft tissue grafting surgery is necessary when gums recede due periodontal disease. In the advanced stages of periodontal disease, gum infection causes periodontal pockets to get deeper, causing gums to lose their attachment to the tooth surface and begin to pull back, exposing the roots of your teeth. Although soft tissue grafting surgery is part of a periodontal disease treatment in most cases, it can also be performed to improve the look of the gumline as part of a cosmetic make-over.
Our Manhattan oral surgeon performs the soft tissue gum graft procedure under local anesthesia, moving soft-tissue from another area of the mouth to cover the exposed tooth roots. There are three different types of soft-tissue grafts but whatever the type of graft, after the surgery, Elliott Ostro, DMD will place a periodontal dressing over the treated area to protect the graft for the first stage of the healing period. There may be some discomfort, bruising, or swelling after a gum graft surgery and our Manhattan oral surgeon may prescribe some pain medication to help control any discomfort. The graft will take a more natural reddish color after a few days as the blood supply is fully restored. Dr. Ostro will schedule a follow-up appointment with you, 7-10 days after your soft tissue grafting surgery, to examine the healing progress, remove any dressing and schedule an appointment to have your stitches removed 2-3 weeks later.