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Gum Recession Surgery

Gum Recession SurgeryMild cases of gum recession may be easily treated by our periodontist with non-surgical procedures such as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the affected area will be cleaned of all plaque and tartar buildup from teeth and root surfaces below the gum line. The exposed root area will be carefully smoothed, making it much more difficult for bacteria to reattach. Antibiotics may also be used to help ward off remaining infection.

Gum recession surgery may be necessary in order to help treat severe periodontal disease. Gum recession causes pockets of infection to form, leading to bone deterioration, and even tissue degeneration. Surgical procedures such as pocket depth reduction, regenerative services and soft tissue grafts are all used to help restore a patient’s periodontal health.

Pocket depth reduction allows our periodontist to gingerly tease back infected gum tissue in order to expose bacterial buildup beneath the gum line. This buildup is then intricately removed and gum tissue is secured snugly over the tooth root, eliminating the presence of pockets.

Bone regeneration helps restore bone that has been destroyed due to gum recession. Lost bone tissue may be restored with the help of membranes, grafting tissue, or tissue stimulating protein.

Soft tissue grafts are placed to help facilitate regeneration of soft tissues. Tissue is harvested from the patient’s palate and is intricately placed onto compromised areas.

In order to determine the best course of treatment for your specific health care needs, our periodontist will complete a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about gum recession surgery and see how we can help you with your oral health care needs.