Since gums support the teeth, maintaining healthy gums is an integral part of any dental practice. As such, gum surgery may sometimes be recommended, whether for treatment and prevention of disease or for cosmetic applications. Gum surgery can involve both the removal of gum tissue as well as reshaping and grafting onto existing gum tissue.
Building up receding gums:
When gums recede, more of the underlying tooth and root is exposed. Not only is this unattractive in appearance, it can cause tooth sensitivity and eventual tooth loss. Gum surgery is used both to treat the underlying bone structure and to build up gum tissue when it has receded.
Removing excess gum tissue:
When there is too much gum tissue surrounding teeth, it can be difficult to keep your teeth clean and healthy as the tissue traps excess food and bacteria. It can also cause problems with speech and chewing. Cosmetically, it also improves the appearance of a smile when excess gums are removed.
Types of Gum Surgery
Pocket depth reduction:
The gums are carefully folded back so the underlying tooth can be treated, then replaced securely to reduce the size of the gum pocket.
This is used when bone and tissue is irreversibly damaged. After folding back the gum tissue to treat the disease, a regenerative substance is added to help bone and tissue regrow. This could include a graft or membrane. The gum is then firmly put back into place.
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