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Garden Grove

12777 Valley View St. #282
Garden Grove, CA 92845
Phone: (714) 898-8757

Diamond Bar

620 N Diamond Bar Blvd
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (909) 861-3043

Surgical Periodontal Therapy
    Surgical Treatment of Periodontal Diseases


    If you're diagnosed with periodontal disease, your periodontist may recommend periodontal surgery. Periodontal surgery is necessary when your periodontist determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment. Following are the four types of surgical treatments most commonly prescribed:


     - Pocket Reduction Procedures (see below)

     - Regenerative Procedures

     - Crown Lengthening

     - Soft Tissue Grafts



    Pocket Reduction Procedures


The most common therapy in a periodontist office is the 'pocket reduction' procedure. This procedure, also known as a 'flap surgery' involves surgical entry to facilitate removal of periodontal infection and the by-products of plaque induced infection.  






      The Use of Lasers in Periodontal Therapy


      "Laser Therapy" to treat periodontal disease sounds very appealing, and is gaining popularity. However, at this time there is limited research which suggests that the use of lasers as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) may improve the effectiveness of this procedure. In addition, when the lasers are used properly during periodontal therapy there can be less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to the patient during surgery. However, each laser has different wavelengths and power levels that can be used safely during different periodontal procedures. Damage to periodontal tissues can result if an inappropriate wavelength and/or power level is used during a periodontal procedure. Dr. Kim has a point of view that until overwhelming evidence is produced that this new technology is genuinely beneficial over traditional therapy, it should be used with caution.


      - View the 2002 American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Statement on Laser Therapy

      - View the 2006 American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Review Paper on Laser Therapy





          The benefits of these surgical procedures are that they are designed to eliminate infected pockets, and restore or regenerate the diseased tissues naturally. Dr. Kim, in consultation with you and your family/general dentist, will decide on the best course of action.

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          Dr. Jin Y. Kim is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology.


           Call Dr. Kim's practices at:

          714-898-9857   Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Cypress, Anaheim, Buena Park

          909-861-3043  Diamond Bar, Chino, Roland Heights, Yorba Linda, Walnut areas