smiling young man in glasses drinking coffee and working on laptopAt Metropolitan Dental Care, we believe in keeping treatment as conservative as possible. That being said, there are times when surgical intervention is necessary to preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Here, your Denver dentist discusses gum surgery and explains when this type of treatment may be necessary.

Gum Surgery for Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums. This condition starts out as gingivitis, and causes red, puffy, tender gum tissue. As the disease progresses, the infection slowly moves beneath the gums and begins to erode the bone around the necks of the teeth.

Mild to moderate gum disease can be addressed with nonsurgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing, or a deep dental cleaning. However, more advanced cases will need to be treated surgically. This is because the infection has reached a point so deep that it cannot be accessed with brushing, flossing, or even with a cleaning by your hygienist. In these cases, gum surgery will be recommended. During this procedure, your doctor will create an incision along the gum line and temporarily move the gum tissue back. This will allow him or her to visualize the infected tissue and remove it effectively. Once treatment is complete, the incision is closed with stitches. To maintain results, you will be placed on a routine cleaning schedule.

Gum Surgery for Recession

Gingival recession is a condition in which the tissue pulls away from the teeth, exposing the roots. Recession can occur as a symptom of gum disease, but it can also develop as a result of aggressive brushing or even genetics. No matter what the reason, recession should be addressed in a timely manner to avoid future problems from developing.

During a gum graft procedure, Dr. Mike Norouzinia takes tissue from the roof of the mouth and transplants it to the area of deficiency. This creates a strong band of tissue across the teeth roots, protecting them from decay, notching, and further bone loss.

Gum Surgery for Bone Loss

Even if no infection is present, gum surgery may be necessary if you are lacking adequate bone for dental implants. Because implants must be embedded in healthy, dense bone, some patients may not qualify for treatment if they have previously experienced bone loss. Fortunately, eligibility for dental implants can be increased with bone grafting and sinus lifts. Both of these procedures add bone density to the jaw and aid in preparing an ideal site for implants later.

Gum Surgery for Restorative Purposes

Imagine your tooth has fractured just below the gingival margin. There would not be enough room to place a dental restoration, such as a crown, because the gum tissue would be in the way. A crown lengthening procedure can address this issue. During this process, your surgeon removes a small amount of gum and bone tissue so that your new restoration fits properly.

Learn More about Gum Surgery in Denver

Do you need gum surgery in Denver? At Metropolitan Dental Care, we have a periodontist on staff who can diagnose and treat a number of gum conditions, including periodontal disease and recession. If you live in Denver, Parker, Centennial, or Highlands Ranch, our dentists can meet the dental needs of your entire family. To learn more, schedule a consultation. Call us at 303-534-2626 or contact us online anytime.