Gum disease is all too common and can lead to bone loss and loss of teeth. Even if you don’t lose your teeth entirely, your smile may start to look different as gum disease affects the soft tissue in your mouth. At Ramona Dental Specialists in Ramona, California, our specialists offer several types of gum surgery to improve your oral health. To learn more about various types of gum surgery, call the office for an appointment or book a consultation online today.
Gum surgery is a dental procedure to reshape, repair, or treat unhealthy gums. Ramona Dental Specialists offers several types of gum surgery to treat gum disease and its effects on your mouth.
Gum disease is a highly common condition characterized by an infection affecting the soft tissue surrounding and supporting your teeth. In its early stages, you might not realize there’s an issue. You might notice some mild inflammation and light bleeding when you floss.
In later stages, gum disease can affect your jawbone and the roots of your teeth. Eventually, you can lose your natural teeth to advanced, untreated gum disease.
Gum surgery can:
Restore or regenerate bone and soft tissue
Prevent the loss of your teeth
Reduce the size of pockets between your gums and teeth
Reattach your gums to the roots of your teeth
Remove overgrown gum tissue
Your Ramona Dental Specialists provider thoroughly examines your gums and teeth and may take X-rays or CT scans of your mouth to plan your surgery. They also discuss sedation and anesthesia options with you during the planning stage.
There are several types of gum surgery available at Ramona Dental Specialists that serve different purposes. Your oral surgeon tells you which method is best to treat you if non-surgical treatments can’t meet your goals. You might need:
Gingival flap surgery, also called pocket reduction, is a surgery that involves the removal of bacteria from the surfaces of the roots of your teeth. Your surgeon reattaches the gum using stitches.
A gum graft involves moving a tissue sample from one area of your mouth to another to replace missing or damaged gum tissue.
During gingivectomy, your surgeon removes excess gum tissue. This can treat gum disease or make your teeth appear longer for cosmetic purposes.
Your provider details the recovery time and steps according to your specific type of gum surgery. In general, it takes several weeks to finish healing. About one to two weeks after your surgery, you should attend a follow-up appointment so that your provider can monitor your progress.
During the recovery, you may need to take antibiotics to prevent infection as you heal. You should also avoid solid foods, strenuous exercise, and smoking to minimize your recovery time after gum surgery.
To explore gum surgery and find out if you need it, call Ramona Dental Specialists, or book an appointment online today.