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.
Bone in the mouth can grow back if damaged.
Gum surgery will reduce the likelihood of developing more gum recession in the future.
A flap is the area between teeth and gums where the gum tissue has pulled away from the teeth.
Root planing involves reattaching loose gum tissue to the teeth.
Scaling is a method for determining the correct scale of gum tissue to teeth before grafting in new gum tissue.
Soft tissue grafts involve adding soft tissue to areas where the gums around teeth have receded.
An oral surgeon is the only professional qualified to perform gum surgery.
Almost all procedures involving periodontal surgery are outpatient.
The primary goal of gum surgery is to improve the appearance of the teeth and gums.
Some people do have gum surgery for purely cosmetic reasons.
Getting a thorough cleaning at the root level below the gum line can make you appear "long in the tooth."
A periodontal dressing is a hard cap placed over a tooth or teeth as gums heal from surgery.
Tissue from the roof of the mouth often is too thin for using as graft material for gum surgery.
Stitches from gum surgery are always dissolvable.
Brushing too hard is a common cause of gum problems.
A local anesthetic is not strong enough to numb the mouth for most types of periodontal surgery.
Gum surgery helps alleviate sensitive teeth for some, but for others, it makes it worse.
A prescription for super strong pain killers is often necessary after gum surgery.
Gum surgery is often a last resort.