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Gum Surgery Vancouver

Why and when is gum surgery required?

There are two reasons that an individual may consider gum surgery. One reason is for cosmetic purposes and the other is out of necessity due to disease or other medical, gum related issues.

There are actually several different types of gum surgery that an individual may require if a gum disease is present. A gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. One of the most common causes of gum disease is a result of excessive bacteria buildup in the mouth. Also, Certain factors such as medications and chronic illnesses can make someone more susceptible to gum disease even if he or she follows a thorough oral care routine on a daily basis.

Flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery.

One type of gum procedure is referred to as Flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery. This type of procedure involves lifting back the gums and removing harmful tartar. In some instances during the procedure, irregular surfaces of damaged bone are also smoothed to restrict areas that allow disease-causing bacteria to hide.
The general purposes of this surgery, is to reduce the size of the space between the gum and the tooth. Basically, the goal is to have the gums fit snugly around the teeth. The snug, tight fit, greatly reduces areas where harmful bacteria can grow.

Bone grafts surgery

In some instances, gum disease can escalate to the degree that bones that surround teeth and gums, can actually decay. Patients that experience this degree of decay will require bone graft surgery. Bone graft surgery involves using donated bone, synthetic bone or the patient’s own bone to replace bones destroyed by gum disease.

Soft tissue grafts. This procedure reinforces thin gums or fills in places where gums have receded. Grafted tissue, most often taken from the roof of the mouth, is stitched in place, adding tissue to the affected area.

Cosmetic gum surgery

The majority of cosmetic gum surgeries focus on a patient’s request to extend, reshape or shorten their gums. Usually patients request this type of surgery, are unhappy with their smile. They may feel that they have a ‘gummy smile’ or a very ‘toothy smile’ if gums have receded. The goal of gum surgery would be to provide a natural balance of a gum/tooth ratio.

What type of dentist performs gum surgery?

A Periodontist, is a dental expert, that has received up to three additional years of specialized training in the treatment of periodontal disease, both in non-surgical treatments and in periodontal surgery procedures. A Periodontist is also an expert in replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Typically a dentist with this level of training would perform necessary gum related surgeries.

If you’re experiencing any sort of unusual pain in your gum areas, notice anything unusual about your gums or perhaps you want to ‘improve’ your smile, the experts at Vancouver Dental Group, located in Vancouver British Columbia, are highly experienced Periodontists and use only the latest state of the art equipment.

We’ve been serving residents of Vancouver for several years and we look forward to providing you with a free assessment.