The objective of resective periodontal therapy is to stop and heal the inflammation as well as to halt the progressive tissue loss in the (lateral) tooth area.
Procedures in which the gum is removed and gum pockets reduced and corrected (gingivectomy) fall within this area of dentistry. Furthermore, flap operations may be used in which the difficult-to-access root surfaces, bone pockets and furcations are cleaned. During this, the gum is mobilised and surgically removed.
In summary, it can be stated that resective periodontal surgery does not just involve the removal of pathological tissue. It is more often used to correct a non-physiological shape caused by a lesion.
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