Gum Surgery

Dr. Amid attempts to treat patients with the most conservative care possible, but sometimes surgery is necessary to regain oral health and an aesthetic smile.. Some of the reasons we may recommend gum surgery include:

  • To restore gum tissues and bone support lost to periodontal disease. Also known as guided tissue regeneration, this procedure is often combined with bone grafting to help support the teeth.
  • To cosmetically improve your gum line. Known as mucogingival surgery, this procedure grafts soft oral tissues into the gum line to fill in areas that have become recessed. The gum grafts conceal exposed tooth roots to allow for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and less sensitivity.
  • To prepare your teeth for dental restorations. The purpose of this type of gum surgery is to reveal more of the tooth’s root, effectively lengthening the crown of the tooth. Crown lengthening is reserved for patients who have decay below the gum line or have inadequate tooth structure to support a dental restoration.
  • Often, a minimally invasive laser surgery, LANAP, can be used instead of traditional periodontal surgery to restore health.  Dr. Amid has special training and expertise in this type of advanced therapy.

Did you know…

that your jaw bone and gums should naturally hug the roots of each tooth, encircling the base of the crown to hold it in place? But when gum disease is allowed to progress, the gums can recede and begin to create ‘pockets’ around the teeth that will only become deeper with time. As bacteria proliferate in these pockets, patients experience further bone and tissue loss. Milpitas gum surgery is often the most conservative solution for patients with advanced gum disease – otherwise leaving the option of eventually having the teeth extracted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need gum surgery?

Some type of gum surgery may be right for you if you have lost a significant amount of bone support or gum recession around teeth due to periodontal disease. Other indications for periodontal surgery are tooth crown lengthening for a restoration, or if you want to cosmetically enhance your gum line. To find out more about your options for treatment, schedule an appointment with us for a consultation.

What should I expect during a gum surgery?

Gum surgery is an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. Most patients feel no discomfort during the procedure, and you may be under mild sedation for its duration.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following my gum surgery?

Although the surgery itself should not be uncomfortable, you may experience some soreness in the few days immediately following the procedure. Instructions and supplies, including the use of a cold pack to minimize or avoid swelling, are provided following surgery. Dr. Amid may prescribe pain medication as well as antibiotics to ensure your recovery is free of complication. Be sure to keep the surgical site clean, and schedule a time to return to the office so that we can check your healing.

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