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Gum Surgery Quiz
by Staff
Healthy gum tissue is pink and soft and plays a huge role in keeping teeth where they belong -- rooted in the mouth. Surgery is one option for repairing damaged gums, but how does it work and how much does it hurt?

Gum disease is reversible.

  • fact
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Bone in the mouth can grow back if damaged.

  • fact
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Gum surgery will reduce the likelihood of developing more gum recession in the future.

  • fact
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A flap is the area between teeth and gums where the gum tissue has pulled away from the teeth.

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Root planing involves reattaching loose gum tissue to the teeth.

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Scaling is a method for determining the correct scale of gum tissue to teeth before grafting in new gum tissue.

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Soft tissue grafts involve adding soft tissue to areas where the gums around teeth have receded.

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An oral surgeon is the only professional qualified to perform gum surgery.

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Almost all procedures involving periodontal surgery are outpatient.

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The primary goal of gum surgery is to improve the appearance of the teeth and gums.

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Some people do have gum surgery for purely cosmetic reasons.

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Getting a thorough cleaning at the root level below the gum line can make you appear "long in the tooth."

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A periodontal dressing is a hard cap placed over a tooth or teeth as gums heal from surgery.

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Tissue from the roof of the mouth often is too thin for using as graft material for gum surgery.

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Stitches from gum surgery are always dissolvable.

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Brushing too hard is a common cause of gum problems.

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A local anesthetic is not strong enough to numb the mouth for most types of periodontal surgery.

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Gum surgery helps alleviate sensitive teeth for some, but for others, it makes it worse.

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A prescription for super strong pain killers is often necessary after gum surgery.

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Gum surgery is often a last resort.

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