Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the health of your gums. If you have experienced serious gum disease, you might require gum surgery. This treatment can help your gums heal and prevent eventual tooth loss.
Why Would I Need Gum Surgery?
Gum disease is a common ailment and is the most frequent cause of tooth loss in adults. The gums become infected and withdraw from the tooth roots and the tissue erodes. This leaves the roots exposed. The teeth become loose, and can fall out. Treatment from your dentist or periodontist can prevent tooth loss and allow your gums to become healthy again.
During a routine dental visit, your dentist will evaluate your gums, looking for signs that you might have gum disease. If diagnosed in its early stages, gum disease is easily treated, so it’s important to visit your dentist regularly so any problems can be spotted early. If you experience any symptoms, such as swollen or shiny gums, or if your gums bleed when you brush, you should let your dentist know. Without early diagnosis, your gums could develop a severe infection and require surgery.
How Does Gum Surgery Help My Gum Disease?
Gum surgery removes the infected gum tissue and allows healthy tissue to grow back, providing proper support for your teeth. Before gum disease becomes advanced, your dentist might recommend a deep cleaning technique called planing and scaling. This is performed under local anesthesia. Your gums will be tender for a few days, and you’ll probably be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection and medication for pain control.
More extensive gum disease involves removing gum tissue and sometimes grafting tissue from elsewhere in your body to shore up your gum line. The grafts are often taken from the roof of the mouth. This kind of extensive surgery is usually performed under local anesthetic and sedation. Afterward, you will take a few days to heal, and should follow your periodontist’s aftercare instructions closely to ensure a successful recovery.
For more questions about periodontics, call our office at Newton Dental Group!