Gum Surgery for Advanced Gum Disease
Gum surgery is recommended for patients who have developed advanced gum disease. Gum disease develops when bacteria attaches to your teeth and begins to multiply, eventually forming a film around your teeth called plaque. When plaque remains on your teeth for too long, surrounding tissue becomes irritated and inflamed, which can cause patients to develop gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. If gum disease is not addressed at this stage, it may progress to the next stage, periodontitis. This stage is characterized by gums that are more inflamed and prone to bleeding, as well as deepening pockets between the tooth and gum tissue. At this point, the roots of surrounding teeth can become infected, resulting in teeth becoming loose or painful and jawbone deterioration.
When gum disease reaches this stage, it may be necessary to have gum surgery performed to correct this issue. There are several types of gum surgery, including crown lengthening, regeneration, pocket reduction, soft tissue graft, gingivectomy, et. al. Which procedure is right for you will be determined by your particular needs.
From regular periodontal maintenance to repairing, correcting, and preventing periodontal disease, including the placement of dental implants, we are proud to provide you with the highest quality dental care available in a comfortable environment. We are also committed to ensuring you know as much as possible about your oral health so you can make important, informed decisions regarding your oral health and treatment options. To learn more about gum surgery, please refer to the following information; or if you would like to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment for gum surgery, contact us today at (740) 366-3559.
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Types of Gum Surgery
There are a range of gum surgeries that may be performed, depending upon your particular needs, which include the following:
- Pocket elimination surgery: If a scaling and root planing procedure is not effective in reducing the depth of pockets, this indicates the bone beneath the gum is too jagged to allow for the gums to shrink properly. Pocket elimination surgery corrects this by placing a graft, or by smoothing the booth so the pocket can heal properly.
- Regeneration: This procedure facilitates gum regeneration by folding backing your gums, removing bacteria, and inserting (if necessary) a bone graft as well as special membrane designed to facilitate the healing process and allow your bone and gum tissue time to heal properly.
- Crown lengthening: Patients who have an excessive amount of gum (gummy smile) may benefit from a crown lengthening procedure, which involves removing excessive overgrowth to create a more balanced ratio of teeth to gums. Crown lengthening can also be performed when a tooth becomes decayed and is not able to be restored due to the lack of natural structure. By exposing more of the tooth, decay can be corrected and the tooth will be long enough to support a crown.
- Soft tissue graft: This procedure is commonly performed for patients who have developed gum disease or for cosmetic purposes. The procedure involves removing tissue from one area of your mouth (typically your palate) and adhering that tissue over the area(s) where gum recession has occurred. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, a soft tissue graft also reduces the likelihood of gum disease from developing and corrects symptoms of gum disease, such as tooth sensitivity.
Aftercare Following Gum Surgery
The recovery process following gum surgery will be informed by the type of procedure you have performed and the severity of your case. In most cases, it is common to experience some swelling and mild discomfort following gum surgery, but this can be managed by using ice packs and over-the-counter pain relieving medication. If you are prescribed antibiotics, be certain to follow the recommended dose until your prescription runs out.
Once you have completed the healing process, you will not have to follow any special aftercare modifications; however, it is important that you take proactive steps to ensure that you will not require similar procedures in the future. In addition to brushing twice daily (minimum) and flossing on a regular basis, it is equally important to brush and floss properly. Every time you brush, do so for at least two minutes. Once you are done, clean your toothbrush. It is also important to replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles become irregular or flay.
Along with following good self-care, it is also important to schedule regular checkups with your periodontist at least every six months. These regular appointments allow us to conduct a professional cleaning that will remove plaque and tartar that cannot be removed using traditional methods, and provide us an opportunity to survey your current oral health and identity and address issues before they develop. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright, healthy smile for many years to come!
Cost of Gum Surgery
The cost of gum surgery will be determined by a variety of factors, including what (if any) type of dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, and how much (if any) of the cost is covered by your dental insurance plan. We are happy to help you file your claim and ensure that you maximize your insurance reimbursement, but any remaining balance will be your responsibility.
If you are not able to pay the full amount due at the time services are rendered, the following financial options may be available:
- Care Credit: 0% interest for (maximum) three months (Our office pays a fee to keep this interest loan free for three months, provided the bill is paid on time)
- 0% interest for pre-authorized debit/credit card for (maximum) four months (Agreement must be signed beforehand)
- Most credit card companies provide interest-free credit for one year to new cardholders.
We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
At Newark Periodontics & Dental Implant Specialists, our patients are our most important asset. We are committed to providing you with high-quality care and developing a trusting, long-lasting relationship to ensure you receive continuity of care tailored to your unique needs.
To schedule an appointment for gum contouring or address your gummy smile, or to learn more about other services we offer, contact our staff at (740) 366-3559.
We look forward to providing you with the care and support you deserve!