Periodontal disease (ie. loss of supporting gums or bone) can be treated by surgery with the goal of eliminating infection and retaining the affected tooth/teeth.
- Periodontal pockets receive a deep cleaning to attain healing or reattachment of tissue to the root.
- Antibiotic implants or bone grafts may be used.
- Gum surgery (repositioning flaps) may be used to support diseased teeth.
- Excessive gum tissue can be resected (gingivectomy) to prevent pocket formation and bone loss.
Periodontal probing and dental x-rays will identify periodontal disease (loss of supporting gums or bone). We routinely find some degree of gum and bone disease in a majority of our patients. Treatment decisions are based on:
- The severity of the disease
- Age and health of your pet
- Functional importance of the tooth/teeth and likely success of therapy
- Your ability to maintain oral health at home
Procedural photographs and x-rays illustrating our treatment will be shared with your veterinarian.