Traditionally, gum disease is treated by eliminating the gum pockets. The infected gum tissue is trimmed away and uneven bone tissue re-contoured.
The gums are flapped back so that Dr. Marlene Miller can visualize the amount and type of bone loss and also visualize calculus that may be attached to the roots. Then she removes the calculus and cleans out what we call granulation tissue from the bone defects or craters. This granulation tissue is basically infected/inflamed gum tissue that creeps into the craters and defects as the bone resorbs or disappears.
After the bone is reshaped or augmented with a bone graft, the original gum flap is placed back over the bone. When the procedure is completed, sutures and a protective bandage are placed to help secure and protect the area. You will need to be seen in one or two weeks to remove the sutures and for an evaluation of your healing.