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Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is performed on patients with advanced gum disease repair the tissue.

Gum Surgery Q & A

Why Does a Person Need Gum Surgery?

Periodontal disease is the number one cause for gum surgery. Gum disease develops when plaque and bacteria build up in the mouth and inflame the gums. The inflammation can then lead to bleeding when brushing and cause the gums to become painful or tender. Eventually, the gums begin to loosen and detach from the teeth, forming a pocket in the process. Dr. Borisson will reduce the size and depth of these pockets using gum surgery to save your teeth from falling out or becoming infected and also preventing the need for additional procedures in the future.

What Are Some Different Kinds of Gum Surgery?

There are mainly three types of periodontal surgery including gingival flap surgery, gingivectomy, and gingivoplasty. Gingival flap surgery is performed when the pockets in your gums have reached a depth greater than five millimeters. During this type of surgery, Dr. Borisson cuts through the affected gum tissue to fold it back, deep clean the affected area, and remove all of the plaque and tartar buildups found beneath the gums. Once the area is clean, the doctor will reattach the gums and secure them against the teeth. A gingivectomy works by cutting away any excess or over grown gum tissue and allowing the patient better access to the teeth underneath as a result. The goal of a gingivoplasty is tore shape the healthy gum tissue around the affected teeth. A gum graft is performed by relocating tissue from the roof of the mouth to the desired area.

How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?

The best way to avoid having gum surgery is by preventing gum disease from developing. You can reduce your risk of gum disease by practicing good oral hygiene. Remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. Additionally, schedule a cleaning and exam with Dr. Borisson every six months. During your visits, the doctor will follow-up on any abnormalities found on your teeth or gums.
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