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Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is used to repair the tissue in patients with advanced gum disease.

Gum Surgery Q & A

Why Does a Person Need Gum Surgery?

Periodontal disease is the number one reason for gum surgery. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria build up in the mouth and inflame the gums. This inflammation can then lead to bleeding when brushing and painful or tender gums. Eventually, the gums begin to loosen and detach from the teeth, therefore, forming a pocket. During gum surgery, Dr. Donia will reduce the size and depth of these pockets to save your teeth from falling out or becoming infected and preventing the need for additional procedures in the future.

What Are Some Different Kinds of Gum Surgery?

There are mainly three types of periodontal surgery including gingival flap surgery, gingivectomy, and gingivoplasty. Gingival flap surgery is performed when your pockets have reached a depth greater than five millimeters. The dentist will cut through the affected gum tissue in order to fold it back, deep clean the affected area and remove all of the plaque and tartar buildups found beneath the gums. After the area is clean, Dr. Donia will reattach the gums and secure them against the teeth. A gingivectomy is a procedure aimed to give the patient better access to the teeth underneath any excess or overgrown gum tissue by cutting it away. A gingivoplasty involves the dentist in reshaping healthy gum tissue around the affected teeth. This is achieved through a gum graft where tissue is relocated from the roof of the mouth.

How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?

The best way to avoid the need for gum surgery is by preventing gum disease in the first place. Always practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing at least once a day. Additionally, schedule an appointment with Dr. Donia every six months to receive a thorough dental cleaning and examination. During your visits, Dr. Donia will inspect your teeth and gums for any abnormalities.