About Gum Surgery Procedures
Gum surgery is a periodontal solution offered by our talented team of dentists at Avon Dental Group. In many cases, gum surgery is performed to treat advanced periodontitis (gum disease), which occurs when bacteria cause gum inflammation and bone loss around the teeth. Our team tailors gum surgery treatments to meet individual needs, which may include gingivectomy, gingival flap surgery, or gingivoplasty. Gum disease is a serious oral health concern and is the leading cause of tooth loss among patients. The condition has also been linked to a wide range of systemic health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If your gum disease has not responded to other treatments or you have advanced periodontal needs, please schedule a visit at our Avon, CT practice and learn about your gum surgery treatment options.
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Candidates for Gum Surgery
Ideal candidates for gum surgery are often those diagnosed with the advanced stage of gum disease, which generally can not be fully treated with a nonsurgical scaling and root planing procedure. Typically at this stage, the disease has started to cause damage to the supporting jawbone, ligaments, and gum tissues. You may have swollen, tender gums that bleed, pus between the teeth and gums, bad breath, or loose teeth. Your gums could be overgrown (giving you a "gummy" smile) or receding so that your tooth roots are visible.
What to Expect During Care
Before receiving treatment, our caring dentists will evaluate your gums and bone to decide which procedure will be best for your needs. A local anesthetic will be used to provide comfort but we can also talk with you about sedation methods to help you stay relaxed during the appointment. Gingival flap surgery begins with the gentle retraction of gum tissue so that we can access areas of infection deep beneath the gumline. Once the tooth roots and bone are accessible, a thorough cleaning is performed before the gums are closed with sutures. A gingivectomy removes overgrown gum tissue in affected areas, while a tissue a gingivoplasty procedure reshapes and contours the gumline to enhance health and appearance. In some cases, a gum tissue graft may be necessary to restore gums that have receded due to periodontitis.
Recovery Following Gum Surgery
After your gum surgery, you may experience slight discomfort or swelling of the gums. Our team will provide suggestions for pain management and discuss the best ways to help your gums heal at home. After your gums heal, it is important that you follow a proper and effective oral hygiene routine at home to prevent further infection. Our team also recommends that you attend periodontal maintenance cleaning visits at Avon Dental Group every 3 – 4 months to help control your gum disease and prevent a reoccurrence of active infection. These periodontal maintenance cleanings will replace bi-annual cleanings, which are insufficient in the management of gum disease.
Gum surgery procedures may be partially covered under your dental insurance plan. Before your surgery, we will contact your provider to learn the details of your coverage and calculate any out-of-pocket costs. To make your surgery easy to afford, Avon Dental Group is pleased to accept several easy payment methods, including no-cost financing.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
Periodontal (gum) disease should be treated in a timely manner, as it can impact your health by increasing your risk for tooth loss, heart disease, diabetes, and other concerns. Gum surgery from Avon Dental Group may be an ideal treatment to address your periodontal condition and help you maintain a healthy smile. For more information on your gum treatment options, contact our office in Avon, CT to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists.