If you’ve been told that you need gum surgery, you might not know what to expect. The good news is that it’s a fairly routine form of surgery that is often necessary to ensure your mouth is as healthy as it can be. Dr. Carimi has years of experience performing surgery on gums and can put any patient in Charleston, SC, who needs it at ease.
When Do You Need Gum Surgery?
Gum surgery is more common than you might think, as it’s one of the primary treatments for receding gums. By taking gum tissue from another area of your mouth (via a gum tissue graft) and putting it in the areas where gums have receded, it will dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.
Other instances that may require gum surgery include overgrown gums, excessive bacteria growth or plaque, and misshapen gums.
Types of Gum Surgery
There are several surgical options for patients with gum issues in South Carolina. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- Crown lengthening (aka gingivectomy): This involves removing gum tissue that has become overgrown and makes your teeth appear shorter. Basically, it “lengthens your crown.”
- Pocket reduction (aka gingival flap surgery): Often a solution for patients with periodontitis, this procedure reduces periodontal pockets in your gum via a deep cleaning that removes tartar, plaque and other buildups.
- Gum reshaping (aka gingivoplasty): If your gums are misshapen, this procedure will help them look better by smoothing them out.
- Gum tissue graft: A treatment for receding gums, a gum tissue graft involves taking tissue from another part of your mouth and attaching it to the gums that are around your teeth.
- Gum regeneration: Through the insertion of bone grafts or other tissue, you can also regenerate the gums around your teeth with this procedure.
Clements Ferry Dentistry is also proud to offer advanced platelet-rich fibrin (A-PRF) as a treatment option for many periodontal and oral surgery procedures.
What is The Gum Surgery Process Like?
One of the first questions people wonder about is whether the process is painful or not. Thanks to anesthesia, most patients don’t experience any pain. There can be soreness or swelling after the procedure, but Dr. Carimi will give you instructions to follow to ensure you experience minimal discomfort and fast healing. In general, here’s what the process looks like:
- You receive local anesthesia to numb the area. (Dr. Carimi offers complimentary nitrous oxide to all patients.)
- Dr. Carimi performs the surgery.
- Gum tissue is prepared for healing.
- You come back for a follow-up visit a week or two later to ensure everything has healed properly.
If you’d like to get your gums checked out or have questions about gum surgery, contact us today!