Gum Surgery

Gum Surgery

Gum disease is a serious infection. The only way to slow, stop, and reverse the effects is by physically removing bacteria harbored underneath your gums. There are several ways to do this. Besides Periolase laser technology, our dentist also provides different types of conventional gum surgery. Sometimes the laser therapy and traditional gum surgery will even be used in tandem treat extensive gum disease. But rest assured, in our office we aim to keep gum surgery as conservative and comfortable as possible.

The Dangers of Gum Disease

Healthy gums fit snugly around the teeth, keeping them secure. With gum disease, the infection of the soft tissue results in inflammation, gums pulling away from teeth, and even bone loss. As the infection progresses teeth become more sensitive, loosen, and may even fall out. Additionally, if the infection penetrates and gums and enters the bloodstream, it can lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and respiratory disease. This is why receiving gum surgery is so important, not only to your smile but to your health.

Benefits of Gum Surgery

Gum Surgery Procedures

Traditional gum surgery uses a scalpel to make small incisions into the gums and remove the infected tissue. In some cases the disease is treated by trimming away infected soft tissues and re-contouring the uneven bone. Then sutures allow for proper healing as gums reattach to the tooth root. Another gum surgery, osseous surgery or pocket reduction, cleans the infected area. During this treatment the gums are folded back slightly so the dentist can remove bacteria, plaque, and calculus from the deep pockets around your teeth. The dentist will also smooth any rough or porous areas on the root so gums can re-attach properly to a clean surface. Once the area is cleaned and smoothed, the gums are secured back in place.

Recovery from Gum Surgery

This treatment may sound painful, and more like an ordeal. However, because of advancements in modern dentistry, we can perform gum surgery with no pain involved and optimal comfort post-op. There are even things you can do to speed your recovery and prevent re-infection. The first thing you will want to manage is swelling by applying a cold compress on and off for the first 24 to 48 hours. You will also want to eat cooler, softer, and smaller foods. These are easy to eat and thus easy on your sensitive gums while they heal. Avoid hot or cold beverages as directed. You will also want to maintain proper oral hygiene at home, but do not clean the treated areas as normal. Instead you should use gentle antiseptic rinses, like a salt rinse, to keep the area clean. You will have a follow up visit with the dentist in a couple of weeks to check the progress of your recovery.

If you fear you may be suffering from gum disease, do not let it progress into something much worse. Contact us today for a gum surgery consultation.

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