What Is A Periodontal Lateral Pedicle Flap Procedure?

Dental Patient Smiling After Getting Gum Recession Treatment

Gum recession may seem like a cosmetic problem but it can lead to serious oral health concerns if left untreated. When your gums pull away from their naturally protective position, they can expose teeth roots and even bone. Over time, this constant exposure can lead to the breakdown of bone and the loss of teeth. This is why it is essential to bring any concerns about gum recession in Bloomfield Hills, MI to a trained periodontist.

A periodontist has the skill and experience to examine your mouth and make recommendations based on your case and history. Thanks to advancements in dentistry, periodontists have many types of gum recession treatments to choose from, including the safe, effective periodontal lateral pedicle flap procedure.


Restoring Gums: The Lateral Pedicle Flap Procedure

The lateral pedicle flap procedure is an in-office treatment that is both fast and convenient. During the procedure, a periodontist will “borrow” some abundant, existing gum tissue from your mouth to cover the site of recession. Since the borrowed tissue is located next to the receding gums, it does not have to be fully removed. Instead, a flap of the tissue is simply cut and rotated to create a new gum line.

What can you expect during a lateral pedicle flap procedure? After the periodontist prepares the site, she will make small incisions along the affected gums and the adjacent gums. A flap from the adjacent gums is sectioned off and moved to cover the unwanted gaps. The periodontist sutures the tissues in place and covers them to promote reattachment and quicker healing. In a week, the covering is removed.

When performed by a periodontist with expertise in treating gum recession in Bloomfield Hills, MI, a lateral pedicle flap procedure carries very few risk factors.

What Are the Advantages to Treating Gum Recession in Bloomfield Hills, MI With a Lateral Pedicle Flap?

A few of the benefits to the lateral pedicle flap procedure include:

  • The periodontist will only work on one site in your mouth rather than needing to move donor tissue from one location to another.
  • You can fix your gum recession permanently and get a younger-looking, healthier smile right away.
  • You can project your tooth root and bone to avoid issues later like a higher risk of gum disease development or tooth loss.


Am I a Candidate for a Lateral Pedicle Flap Procedure?

To be considered for lateral pedicle flap procedure treatment, you must have sufficient gum tissue next to the site of your gum recession. You should also have a limited area of gum recession rather than a widespread one. If your receding gums are extensive or you have other untreated or unmanaged oral conditions, a periodontist may suggest a different way to treat your gum recession.

Want to learn more about the lateral pedicle flap procedure? You can call our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910 to set up an appointment with periodontist Dr. Lauren Anderson.

Dr. Anderson has received many awards throughout her career and focuses her practice on providing patients with individualized care based on their unique needs. She welcomes the opportunity to talk with you about your gum recession and to share the five technologically advanced treatments she offers, including the lateral flap procedure.

The Top 3 Benefits Of Laser-Assisted Periodontal Treatments!

Dr. Anderson Showing Off The Gum Disease Treatment Technology, Biolase

Gum disease can be a bother if left untreated. Bone and gum degenerate when bacteria is left to fester under the gingival margin. Teeth become longer looking and mobile. Looking into gum disease treatments is a great place to start if you suspect you have a periodontal issue.

A visit to a periodontist like Dr. Lauren Anderson can help you find out if you have gum disease and how advanced it is. Even if advanced, you can still benefit from leading-edge solutions that make use of high-tech lasers with a minimally invasive approach.

How does minimally invasive laser gum treatment work? Dr. Anderson has invested in laser technology to make non-surgical procedures more effective and minimize the surgical approach to disease management. Specifically, the laser eradicates bacteria causing the disease without aggressive flap reflection. The BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ lasers are used at specific settings to address diseased or infected gum tissue. The result is a reduction of the periodontal pathogens, pocket length and a restoration of a healthy periodontium or mouth.


How do laser periodontal treatments benefit patients?

For years, patients have worked with their periodontists to manage their gum disease through invasive treatments that involve aggressive measures to approach the infection. Though these treatments are effective, they cause more significant discomfort, bleeding, and longer recovery times. Laser gum treatments have revolutionized oral care and given Dr. Anderson superior tools to address periodontal disease in patients of all ages.


Benefits you can experience from laser-assisted periodontal treatments include:

  • Minimally Invasive Approach. Lasers present an efficient, non-surgical way to shrink the extent and severity of your gum disease. If surgical intervention is needed, lasers can ensure that the surgery happens quickly with the least amount of trauma to the teeth, gums, and nerves.
  • Predictable Results. Once a patient with gum disease achieves stability, a hallmark of laser-assisted gum treatments, our team can help the patient maintain those results at home and during alternating maintenance cleanings with the general dentist.
  • Comfortable Experience. Patients report favorable experiences after laser tissue treatment compared with those who experienced traditional methods. The laser allows for a more conservative approach to surgery negating aggressive gum elevation, bone removal, and resective techniques.


People report feeling like they could smile openly again after being treated with compassion from day one. Even if you have had unpleasant dental appointments in the past, give yourself the opportunity to find out what makes our periodontal team different. At your appointment with Dr. Anderson and our team will familiarize you with the armamentarium we use to treat gum disease and walk you through the process. We can also discuss any other issues you may be having, such as the desire to permanently replace your missing teeth with dental implants.

Above all else, you can be sure that we will develop a tailor-made plan designed to leave you healthier, not just in your mouth but throughout your body. The oral cavity is a reflection of overall systemic health!

Setting up an appointment with Dr. Anderson’s to explore your options for gum disease is as simple as calling our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI at (248) 480-4910!

Find Your Smile with a Multi-Disciplinary Approach!

Full mouth rehabilitation done right! 

Meet our patient JG. JG sought out Dr. Anderson and our team to “improve the look and function of [his] teeth.” The upper right central incisor, “#8” was fractured, the bite collapsed over time, and the gum was of uneven contour. In working closely with JG’s general dentist, a comprehensive plan was developed to reach the chief concern.

Dr. Anderson leveled the gum profile and placed an implant the same day she extracted #8. After ample time healing, JG’s talented general dentist completed the case with full mouth restorations to address the weaknesses in his “occlusion” or bite and an implant crown on the central incisor.

JG is delighted with his results! Not only did his appearance improve to resemble his smile 20 years ago, but his confidence also returned as a result. Most importantly, the occlusion is now stable to protect his bite from collapsing. Happy patient!

If you feel you have a challenging case, contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Anderson and learn about what we can do to help you reach your goals!  Reach Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910.

How Full Arch Dental Implants Compare to Traditional Dentures

Traditional, adhesive-affixed dentures are disadvantaged in many ways. Thanks to major advances in the development of dental implants, a more stable and more reliable alternative to conventional dentures is now commonly offered at surgeon offices across the country.

Dental implant fixed dentures affix to the patient’s anatomy quite literally. Implants hold bridges, dentures and other dental restorations firmly in place so you don’t suffer the slipping, sliding and mouth irritation you might experience with conventional dentures.

Take a look at what makes full arch implants special, along with how implant-supported dentures compare to conventional dentures.

All on 4 Dental Implants and Conventional Dentures

Conventional dentures leverage suction, adhesives or a combination of the two to stay in place in your mouth. The denture or “plate” is an acrylic prosthetic that is tissue borne only, meaning it relies on the gum on the top the mouth to stay in place.  Because there is no “anchor” to fix to, the most common complaint of denture users is the lack of stability and therefore confidence in retention during chewing, speaking and interacting with others.

Dental implants solved the stability issues of traditional dentures by acting more like natural teeth. Based around a titanium screw or “post,” dental implants are embedded in the jawbone where they will fuse with the bone over the months following the implant placement procedure.

With the implants integrated with the jawbone, the stability and reliability from implant-supported dentures will be far superior to the support delivered by the adhesives and suction of conventional dentures.

Here are some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy with full arch dental implants, compared to conventional dentures:

  • Smile confidently, knowing your dentures will not shift in your mouth and throw off your smile
  • Eat confidently, knowing you cannot dislodge your dentures by eating tough or dense foods
  • Speak confidently, knowing phonetics are predictable without distortion of your words

Find Out More

Schedule a consultation with Anderson Periodontal Wellness in Bloomfield Hills, MI to learn more about full arch dental implants.

Case Presentation: S.O. Bone Graft Procedure

Dental Implant Placement

Meet our patient S.O., a 20 year old female. She was born with congenitally missing teeth in the lower jaw and as a consequence overt lost bone in these areas.  Dr. Anderson completed a bone graft procedure whereby a small piece of her own bone was taken from the symphysis (chin) and relocated to areas where dental implants were needed. S.O. was then able to receive dental implants to allow for greatly improved chewing, function, and esthetics. Please see above for anatomy before and after bone grafting procedures. S.O. was surprised by how significantly her quality of life improved after her periodontal work!

If you have bone loss but want to experience the benefits of fixed dental implants, contact Dr. Anderson to see if you are a candidate for this treatment or other minimally invasive grafting procedures. A comprehensive exam and 3D CBCT x-ray give Dr. Anderson the tools to customize your care!

Tissue Grafting with a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Before and after gum recession comparison with gum grafting treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Meet our patient AK. She presented to our office with the chief concern “My teeth are uneven, yellow and too long. I’m also losing my gum. Can you fix this?”

Dr. Anderson completed minimally invasive soft tissue grafting for AK in a single hour and a half appointment under IV conscious sedation. AK returned to her nursing job 2 days later and reported minimal downtime and discomfort. Note the more proportional tooth length and more esthetic gingival (gum) symmetry reached after her tissue was moved down to cover the roots.

Tissue is now thicker, stronger, and more resilient.

Dr. Anderson allowed 3 months for the tissue to mature before the general dentist placed conservative veneers to correct the shape and color of her teeth. AK loves her new healthier and more aesthetic smile!

Please see above for before and after photos for our patient AK!

As a diplomate and board certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson provides services involving dental implants, periodontics, tooth loss, implantology, crown lengthening, cosmetic dentistry, and plastic surgery in Birmingham, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Troy, Ferndale, Royal Oak, and surrounding Oakland County, Michigan. To schedule your consult please call (248) 480-4910

What is a gingival or “gum” graft and where do they come from?

Please see above for our patient M.Y. before and after photos. Her roots are covered and tissue improved for a healthier and more aesthetic smile! Dr. Anderson used autogenous grafting with a tunneled approach.

Gingival grafts are used to cover exposed roots and create a stronger foundation for the teeth. Gum deficiencies can be corrected with tissue harvested from your mouth or from other sources. Depending on the presentation, there are 3 general graft materials. Please see below for grafting descriptions:

1. Autogenous “from self”.

These grafts are taken from the palate or roof of the mouth. Autogenous grafts can come from tissue on the surface of the palate (epithelium) or the layer below (connective tissue). Autogenous grafts are vital (living) and bring vascular (blood) supply and beneficial healing cells. Supply is limited to the anatomy of the patient and location/thickness of desired tissue on the palate.

2. Allograft “from another of the same species”.

Cadaver dermis or skin is sterilized to make it devoid of living cells, proteins, viruses, and bacteria. After treatment the graft slowly turns into your gingiva or gum and blends well with your tissue. Allografts are non-vital or non-living and do not provide vascular or blood supply. Supply is unlimited as it is custom ordered for each patient.

3. Xenograft “from another species”.

Much like the allograft, xenografts are sterilized and used in a similar manner. These grafts are derived from either bovine (cow) or porcine (pig) dermis (skin). Xenografts are non-vital (non-living) and do not provide a vascular supply. Supply is unlimited as it is custom ordered for each patient.

As a diplomate and board certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson provides services involving dental implants, periodontics, tooth loss, implantology, crown lengthening, cosmetic dentistry, and plastic surgery in Birmingham, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Troy, Ferndale, Royal Oak, and surrounding Oakland County, Michigan. To schedule your consult please call (248) 480-4910