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Gum Surgery

It is critical to detect and treat gum disease early before destruction of bone and tissue compromises your oral health. Since gum disease varies in stages from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis, there are different levels of treatment. If the condition can’t be cured with antibiotics or root planing and scaling, we may recommend surgery.

A gingivectomy (trimming of the gums) is usually done before gum disease has damaged the bone supporting your teeth. A gingivectomy is necessary when the gums have pulled away from the teeth, creating deep pockets. These pockets trap bits of food, harbor bacteria and make it difficult to clean the area with brushing and flossing.

A gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of pockets between the teeth and gums. After removing the gum tissue, we put a temporary putty over your gum line. This will protect your gums while they heal.

Other procedures may be needed to repair badly damaged gums. Guided tissue regeneration places a special lining between the gums and bone. The lining helps bone grow back and helps the gums reattach to the bone.

If gum disease has loosened or severely damaged a tooth, we may need to extract the tooth.