Periodontal Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ
While most cases of gum disease can be treated through lifestyle changes, specialized at-home care and professional deep cleanings from our dentists, if you have more advanced or severe gum disease than our team may recommend surgery. Symptoms of gum disease include,
- Swollen, red gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Receding gums (gums that pull away from the teeth)
- Loose teeth and eventual tooth loss (in more advanced cases)
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
Our dental team will be able to determine the best approach for treating your gum disease based on a simple oral evaluation. While our goal is to always provide the most conservative approaches to dental care, when gum disease has progressed so far that it’s caused severe damage to the health of your gums and teeth, then surgery may be the best treatment option.
The Benefits of Gum Surgery
There are many reasons why our periodontal team may recommend gum surgery. These surgical procedures alone can,
- Treat gum disease
- Remove diseased tissue and bone
- Prevent tooth loss
- Regrow bone and tissue (through gum and bone grafting)
- Reduce pockets between gums and teeth
In some cases, gum surgery may not be used to treat periodontal disease at all but could be used for cosmetic purposes. If you have excessive gum tissue you may have what they call a “gummy smile”. By simply removing excess gum tissue we can reveal more of your teeth to give you a more symmetrical and cosmetically appealing look.
What to Expect from Gum Surgery
The first thing we will do is clean your teeth and then apply local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. The steps that we will take during your procedure will depend on the reason for your surgery. In some cases, we will simply remove diseased gum tissue while in others we may need to graft gum tissue or bone. Each surgery is tailored to your needs and the length of treatment will depend on the extent and purpose of the procedure. This is something that we can discuss with you in greater detail during your consultation.
Most patients recover from periodontal surgery after 1-2 weeks. During the healing process, our dental team will provide you with care instructions to follow to ensure proper gum healing.
If you’re living with gum disease and would like to discuss your treatment options with our Scottsdale, AZ, dental team,
call Landmark Smiles today at (480) 991-3244!