Gum Surgery

Your dentist may suggest gum surgery if you are suffering with very severe periodontal disease. The surgery will be performed by a Periodontist. At Painfree Dentistry we perform gum surgery we can offer:

  • High quality care
  • A smile transformation
  • The best dental treatment
  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • A smile you will be proud to show off

What is Gum Surgery?

Gum sugery will be preformed under local anaesthetic. If you need gum surgery your dentist will refer you to a peridontist. A peridontist is a specialist in the treatment of gum disease. There is more than just one type of gum surgery and these include Gingival flap surgery, Gingivectomy and a Gingivoplasty. The most common surgery preformed is Gingival flap surgery.

Gingival Flap Surgery – This is for patients with moderate and servere peridontitis. The procedure inolves the gum tissue being cut which seperates it from the teeth. Once seperated a deep clean will take place with an ultrisonic device. Any tartar and plauque will also be removed.

Gingivectomy – This treatment is for patients who have excesss gum tissues that they want removing. The gum can sometimes be overgrown which affects the way a smile looks and will affect hygiene. The area to be removed will be numbed and then the gum tissues will be cut and removed.

Gingivoplasty – A gingivoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is to reshape gums. This procedure is perfromed on healthy gums. It can also help patients who have receeding gums. For this treatment a gum graft will be taken from the roof of the mouth and stitched on either side of a tooth where recession has occurred.

What To Expect

While treatment may be different for each individual patient, we do have an example of what to expect during Gingival flap surgery. This surgery is commonly used to treat gum disease. To start with you will be asked about any medication or health conditions. After this has been discussed you will have the area numbed, this will be done with a local anesthetic. A hygienist will also clean your teeth. When the surgery begins the surgeon will begin by folding the gums back, this creates a flap so the gum tissue can be accessed. Then the infected tissue will been removed and then bacateria below the gumline will be removed. Your teeth will have a scaling which will smooth any rough areas on the tooth roots. When everything has been removed and smoothed the surgeon will stitch the gums back where they should be.

After Surgery

To ensure your gums are healing properly or to remove any stiches a follow up appointment will be made. This will occur around 7-10 days after surgery. You will only need stitches removing if dissolvable ones weren’t used during surgery. Your dentist will discuss this with you, if it applies to you. There will be some discomfort after surgery but over the counter pain medication will be all that is needed. These will manage any pain. If swelling occurs after surgery you can use an ice pack. If you feel concerned about anything or experience prolonged bleeding or have severe swelling then contact us straightaway.