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Periodontal Surgery Specialist

Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS -  - Periodontist

Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS

Periodontist & Cosmetic Dentist located in South Pasadena, CA

If you have advanced periodontal disease or your teeth and gums have been badly damaged by periodontal disease, you may need periodontal surgery. At Jennifer Cha, DMD, located in South Pasadena, California, Dr. Cha offers minimally invasive periodontal surgery using the Waterlase Laser Dentistry™ system. This innovative system allows her to treat your periodontal disease more effectively and without pain. To learn more, call the office!

Periodontal Surgery Q&A

What is periodontal surgery?

Periodontal surgery is any surgical procedure that treats periodontal disease or gum damage that results from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is any infection that hurts the structures that hold your teeth in place, particularly the gums. 

Periodontal diseases, also called gum diseases, can ravage your teeth structures. Some common forms of periodontal disease include:

  • Gingivitis
  • Peri-implant mucositis
  • Peri-implantitis
  • Aggressive periodontitis
  • Chronic periodontitis
  • Necrotizing periodontal disease

Dr. Cha chooses periodontal surgery when more conservative methods, like deep cleaning or scaling and root planing, aren’t enough to stop the infection, or when your teeth are too damaged to save.

How do you get periodontal disease?

Periodontal diseases typically develop after poor or insufficient brushing and flossing fail to remove plaque. Plaque is a sticky bacteria that likes to live on your teeth. You can remove most of it every day by brushing and flossing. 

If you don’t brush and floss well or often enough, plaque builds up and hardens into a substance called tartar that you can’t remove without help from a dentist.

If you ignore plaque and tartar buildup, it eventually infects your gum tissues and causes periodontal disease. 

Some people are more likely to develop or suffer complications from periodontal disease than others. This includes smokers, people with chronic conditions (diabetes, AIDS, etc.), and women and girls going through hormonal changes.

Warning signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Receding gum line and/or teeth that appear to be growing
  • Loose teeth
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth and painful chewing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Changes in the fit of your dentures

When periodontal disease advances, it causes severe tooth decay, bone loss, and tooth loss.

Does periodontal surgery hurt?

Dr. Cha offers various periodontal surgeries, from crown lengthening to implant restoration. Each experience is different, but Dr. Cha always makes sure to put your comfort first. 

Dr. Cha believes in modern surgical methods and implements minimally invasive practices wherever she can. One of the tools in her arsenal is the Waterlase Laser Dentistry™ system, which in many cases, eliminates her need for a drill to reach into your teeth or gums.

The Waterlase system uses a combination of laser energy and water spray to gently but effectively treat periodontal conditions, including periodontal pockets (enlarged spaces between gum tissue and your teeth), peri-implantitis, and more.

By using this innovative tool, among others, Dr. Cha significantly lessens any pain associated with periodontal disease and speeds up your recovery time. Sometimes, with the Waterlase laser treatment, your treatment doesn’t hurt at all. 

Your periodontal health is paramount to your quality of life. If you’re suffering from tooth loss or severe pain as a result of periodontal disease, reach out to Dr. Cha to learn about her periodontal surgery options today. You can schedule a consultation by calling the office!