Gum Surgery Q & A
Why Does a Person Need Gum Surgery?
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of 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.
While performing gum surgery, Dr. Donia will work to 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?
The main three types of periodontal surgery include gingival flap surgery, gingivectomy, and gingivoplasty.
Gingival flap surgery is necessary when your pockets have reached a depth greater than five millimeters. The dentist cuts through the affected gum tissue in order to fold it back. He then performs a deep clean of the affected area to remove all of the plaque and tartar buildups found beneath the gums. After the area is clean, he will reattach the gums and secure them against the teeth.
A gingivectomy is used to give the patient better access to the teeth underneath any excess or overgrown gum tissue by cutting it away.
A gingivoplasty is a procedure that allows the dentist to reshape healthy gum tissue around the affected teeth. This procedure involves a gum graft where tissue is relocated from the roof of the mouth.
How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
The best way to avoid having gum surgery is by preventing gum disease in the first place. Always practice good oral hygiene by brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day. Additionally, schedule an appointment with Dr. Donia twice a year to receive a thorough dental cleaning and examination. During your visits, Dr. Donia will inspect your teeth and gums for any abnormalities.