Periodontal disease refers to infections of your gums and surrounding structures. If you have advanced gum disease, The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants and Periodontology in Beverly Hills, California, offers you effective, minimally invasive periodontal surgery. Led by certified periodontist Jean-Jacques Elbaz, DDS, MS, the practice specializes in the most advanced periodontal treatments. To find out if periodontal surgery is right for you, call the Los Angeles office or schedule your appointment online today.
Typically the results of poor oral hygiene, periodontal or gum disease are caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that reaches below your gum line. The symptoms of gum disease include:
Over time, the bacteria from the plaque and tartar begins to destroy the gum tissue and structures that support your teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss.
When caught early, periodontal disease is effectively treated with periodontal maintenance. The skilled registered dental hygienists at The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants and Periodontology provide scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar and help reattach your gum line.
Depending on your needs, the team offers traditional, laser, and ultrasound scaling. If your gum disease is more advanced, the team also provides minimally invasive periodontal surgery.
Periodontal surgery refers to several procedures used to restore the health and function of your gums. As a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Elbaz has received extensive training in the treatment of gum disease.
Dr. Elbaz provides individualized care based on in-depth evaluations of your oral health. Depending on your condition, your periodontal surgery may include:
Eventually, plaque build-up causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets of bacteria or periodontal pockets. Also known as gingival flap surgery, a pocket reduction is a procedure used to remove harmful bacteria and restore the health and function of your gums.
During pocket reduction, Dr. Elbaz folds back your gums and clears away any bacteria. He then reattaches your gum tissue back against the surface of your teeth. Pocket reduction surgery effectively reduces the size of periodontal pockets.
A gum graft is a procedure used to restore lost gum tissue. A gum graft helps improve the function and appearance of gums that have receded due to gum disease. During the process, Dr. Elbaz takes a tissue sample from some other area of your mouth and attaches it to the affected area.
Similar to a tissue graft, a bone graft restores bone loss due to gum disease or infection. Severe gum disease can cause the bone that supports your teeth to break down.
During the bone graft, Dr. Elbaz transplants a grafting material to your jawbone. The grafting material can be sourced from your own bone, a donor’s bone, or made from synthetic or artificial material. Over time, new bone grows and replaces the grafting material.
Dr. Elbaz offers both conventional and laser periodontal surgery. He uses the innovative WaterLase iPlus™ dental laser to perform pocket reduction and gum and tissue grafts.
Dr. Elbaz specializes in a minimally invasive approach to periodontal surgery, ensuring a comfortable procedure, and successful results. To learn more about treatment for periodontal disease, call the office, or book an appointment online.