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Gum Surgery

Downtown Dental Studio

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Financial District, New York, NY

If you have advanced periodontal disease, gum surgery is one of the only practical and effective ways to restore health to your gums and teeth. At Downtown Dental Studio in New York’s Financial District, the team of expert dental surgeons provide a range of gum surgery procedures that treat gum disease in addition to the complications that may have arisen from periodontal disease. Your dentist can eliminate infections and even regrow damaged bones and tissue. To learn more, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.

Gum Surgery Q & A

What is gum surgery?

Gum surgery, or periodontal surgery, is a procedure for advanced gum disease like gingivitis and periodontitis that isn’t responding to professional cleanings and at-home care. 

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that accumulate in your mouth, irritate your gums, and cause them to bleed. If you don’t treat your gum disease, over time it can destroy gum tissue and any healthy supporting bone you have left.

What types of gum surgery are offered?

The kind of gum surgery your dentist recommends depends on the type and severity of your gum disease. The team at Downtown Dental Studio are experts in the following types of gum surgery:

Flap surgery

If you have deep pockets of tartar deposits, your dentist may recommend flap surgery to lift your gums off your teeth and remove the buildup.

Bone graft surgery

Your dentist may suggest bone graft surgery to regrow supportive bones if the existing bone at the root of your tooth is badly damaged. 

Osseous surgery

Gum disease can lead to deeper spaces around your teeth called periodontal pockets. If you have deep pockets that can’t be cleaned by a professional cleaning procedure, these pockets allow bacteria to accumulate and put you at a higher risk of developing advanced periodontal disease. 

Osseous surgery, also called pocket-depth reduction, reduces the depth and size of pockets surrounding your tooth and eliminates bacteria to delay further decay.

What is the recovery period for gum surgery?

Your recovery time depends on what type of gum surgery you’ve had and how severe your condition was to begin with. 

Your dentist works with you to create a detailed post-surgery care plan that takes your lifestyle into account. You may be prescribed medication for pain relief for the days following your surgery as well as an antiseptic mouthwash. Your dentist also provides detailed instructions to care for your mouth and gums as they heal. 

The team strongly suggests that you don’t smoke during your recovery, as cigarette smoke is known to cause infections. 

To find out about your gum surgery options to treat your periodontal disease, call Downtown Dental Studio or make an appointment online today.