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Poor oral hygiene and the build-up of hardened tartar at the gumline significantly increase your chances of suffering from gum disease. If the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis goes untreated the bacterial presence in your gums can worsen leading to the severe form of gum disease, which is known as periodontitis.

As it progresses it can have a profoundly negative impact on the roots of your teeth. Over time chronic periodontitis can lead to a loss of healthy bone structure in your mouth. This can lead to the loss of multiple teeth as well as medical complications related to systemic inflammation.  

Treating this level of gum disease often requires a dentist like Dr. Smith to perform a periodontal resection. This treatment plan can typically be executed on an outpatient basis and may also require deep sedation.

This type of oral surgery involves Dr. Smith making a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to the infected material. After it has been carefully excised he might also need to resect a small amount of the surrounding infected periodontal tissues. Once this is done he will adapt the remaining healthy gum tissues to restore your natural gumline.

Aftercare might also involve prescription pain medications and antibiotics. This will help knock out any lingering infection while also allowing you to remain comfortable while the treated gum tissues heal.

If you live in the Merced, California, area and you have been struggling with chronic to severe periodontal health problems, you should call 209-205-4657 to seek further diagnosis and treatment at Scott A. Smith DDS.