Southern Arizona Periodontics is Tucson’s first choice in surgical periodontal care. Dr. Cole and Dr. Sharp have been practicing in Tucson and Southern Arizona area for over 30 years and have earned the trust of our patients through our expertise and care. If you are suffering from periodontal disease or you are beginning to see the signs, then please give us a call today and we will happily meet with you to walk through your individual options.
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This is one of the most common surgical procedures where incisions are made around the tooth and the gum tissue is pulled back slightly. This provides access to thoroughly remove all plaque and calculus. By moving the gum closer to the bone, the pockets will be reduced or eliminated.
When periodontal pockets are greater than 5mm, there is a high probability that the disease process will continue. In these cases, surgical procedures designed to reduce pockets as close to 2-3 mm as possible are often the best treatment. This will provide the patient the greatest potential for infection control by improving access to the bacterial plaque.
Crown lengthening (or crown exposure) is required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration due to decay or fracture. The edge of the new restoration would be too deep below the gum tissue and not accessible. It is also usually too close to the bone or below the bone.
Socket and Ridge Augmentation is a common dental procedure that typically follows a tooth extraction. This process helps recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw that may have been lost as a result of a periodontal disease, surgical procedure or tooth extraction.
We have a wide range of treatments for both currently receding gums as well as preventative procedures to ensure there is minimal gum recession (such as prior to braces). Additionally we provide functional and cosmetic procedures.
A frenum is a naturally occurring muscle attachment, normally seen between the front teeth (either upper or lower). It connects the inner aspect of the lip with the gum. If pulling is seen or the frenum is too large to allow the teeth to come together, the surgical procedure to release the frenum from the gum is called a frenectomy.
Dental Implant Surgery
Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is important, however, it is not always possible to retain your natural teeth. Sometimes they become full of infection, for example, or are too injured or damaged to save. When this happens, you will need to look into finding a replacement tooth that will look natural and also work well.