Periodontal Gum Surgery in Burke, Springfield, Fairfax
Symptoms of Gum Disease or Periodontitis
Gums can cause as much distress cosmetically and functionally as teeth. Eventually, without regular and proper dental hygiene care, your gums may be susceptible to disease. Periodontal disease is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and the bone supporting your teeth. Initially, this disease process begins with inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis, or gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can to lead to full blown periodontitis which may require periodontal gum surgery. Symptoms you may experience at that time include swollen or bleeding gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, bad breath, gum recession (making your teeth look longer), loose teeth or even tooth loss.
What Can you do to prevent Periodontal disease?
Without question, the most important thing you can do is adopt consistent oral hygiene habits alongside regular visits to Shield Dental Care. Likewise, start with brushing your teeth twice daily, floss (preferably after meals) once a day, and use mouthwash. Using an electric toothbrush is recommended for a deeper clean. In addition, Shield Dental Care carries the Waterpik, a flossing system that uses water pressure to more thoroughly clean between teeth and along the gum line. Click here to learn more about the benefits.
What is Gum Surgery? What Can I Expect?
There are several types of gum surgery that Dr. Ghorbani might reccommend:
- Gingival Flap Surgery: When pockets are greater than 5 millimeters in depth, your gum are separated from the teeth and cleaned thoroughly
- Gingivectomy: This procedure removed excess gum tissue that is overgrown on the teeth
- Gingivoplasty: gum graft is done where tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and stitched in place of the gum recession.
First of all, Dr. Ghorbani will begin with using the appropriate anesthetic to make sure that your experience in the dental chair is as comfortable as possible. During surgery we can provide you a movie to watch, blankets, and plenty of time so you never feel rushed. After the procedure, you will experience some discomfort and swelling for a few days. Lastly, Dr. Ghorbani will provide instructions on how to speed up the healing process. See the videos below for a more detailed view on gingival flap surgery and gingivectomy.
Gingival Flap Procedure
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