You may need surgery for severe gum disease (periodontitis) if it cannot be cured with antibiotics or root planing and scaling. Types of surgery include:
A gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of pockets between the teeth and gums. A gum specialist (periodontist) or oral surgeon often will do the procedure.
Flap procedure. A flap procedure cleans the roots of a tooth and repairs bone damage caused by gum disease. A periodontist or an oral surgeon often performs this procedure.
Tooth removal (extraction). If gum disease has loosened or severely damaged a tooth, your dentist may need to remove the tooth. If the procedure is complicated or risky, an oral or maxillofacial surgeon may do the extraction.
Other procedures may be needed to repair badly damaged gums:
A graft moves healthy gum tissue from one part of the mouth to another.
Guided tissue regeneration places a special lining between the gums and bone. The lining helps bone grow back and helps the gums reattach to the bone.
For surgery to be successful, you will need to:
Practice good dental care. For information on how to care for your teeth, see:
Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth.
See your dentist regularly for checkups. After you have had gum disease, you may need to see your dentist every 3 or 4 months for follow-up.
Avoid smoking or using spit tobacco. Tobacco decreases your ability to fight infection and delays healing. While quitting is not easy, many people succeed by using a combination of medicine, a stop-smoking program, and counseling. For more information on how to quit, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
Laser Treatment For Periodontal(Gum) Disease
Periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis are serious infections, that if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. Treatment of gum disease is aimed at cleaning the debris and toxins from beneath your gum line. This can now be accomplished virtuously painlessly and comfortably depending on the stage of your disease, using lasers. Laser light removes bacteria and diseased tissue from the pockets. Ultrasonic scalers and laser energy are used to remove tarter and debris from the root surface. The laser prepares the root surface to enable healthy gum attachment and aids in sealing the pocket closed.
Studies have shown the lasers ability to reduce 99% of bacteria in a periodontal lesion. In addition, the lasers can assist in forming a fibrin clot eliminating post surgical bleeding and providing a quick and comfortable healing. When lasers are used during periodontal therapy, there is less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to the patient. Scalpels and stitches are often not necessary!!!
So at akshay laser dental care you can have a healthy and a harmonious gum line that is essential for a beautiful smile and that too without any pain or discomfort .No gains without pains is fast becoming an old adage!!. Dr Akshay Gupta (board certified Periodontist) can help you smile confidently after a virtual pain free laser assisted periodontal treatment. Besides this, many minor surgeries to remove swellings, soft and hard tissue growths in and around mouth can be performed quickly and easily with a dental laser.
Laser Treatment for Gummy Smiles
A “gum lift” is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts your gumline. This procedure involving reshaping the gum tissue to create an appearance of longer and symmetrical teeth can be done easily with lasers and not scalpels!!! This treatment is typically done to reduce excessive gummy smile or balance an asymmetrical gumline. So, you can now smile with confidence after a virtually painless gum reconstruction!
Laser Treatment for Dark Gums
Melanin hyper pigmentation or dark gums are prevalent in certain individuals. These dark pigmentation can cause an undesirable appearance to otherwise healthy pink gums. Through lasers we can painlessly and accurately remove the problem areas in as little as one office visit and with a very quick healing time!!