If you have been battling gum disease for some time and despite your best oral care it has not recovered, you may have periodontitis. This advanced stage of gum disease may require gum surgery as your next step. Left untreated, you may incur pockets of infection inside affected gum tissue. If you do not eradicate the effects of periodontitis your gums may deteriorate to the point of tooth loss!
One of the most common procedures for patients with receding gums as well as infected pockets of the gum tissue is gingival flap surgery. This is an outpatient procedure where your dentist or periodontist makes an incision in the gum tissue to remove the infected material. Root planning and scaling to remove tartar will also be done, and you may receive antibiotics to eliminate any infection. Following that, healthy gum tissue is stretched over the base of your teeth to support them.
If you have excess gum tissue you may require a gingivectomy. In this procedure, infected gum tissue along excessive gum tissue is removed, getting rid of pockets between teeth and gums. This is done before gum disease damages the bone supporting your teeth.
Gingivoplasty, or gum trimming removes diseased gum tissue and replaces it with healthy gum tissue or possibly a gum graft taken from another location. Gingivoplasty reshapes your gums to make them look more natural.
Healthy gums are achievable with proper oral care and maintenance, as well as general good health. In the case of advanced periodontitis there are treatment options to help you restore your gums back to health!
Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about your gum health. We want to keep you smiling for years to come! 972-840-8477.