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Surgery for Periodontal Disease - What to Know

Posted on 12/5/2022 by Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center
Surgery for Periodontal Disease - What to KnowIf you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from periodontal disease, you may consider surgery a treatment option. Periodontal surgery can be used to treat a variety of problems, including gum recession, tooth loss, and infection. This blog will discuss the types of periodontal surgery and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.


It is a surgical procedure to remove infected or inflamed gum tissue. This surgery is often used to treat periodontitis, a severe gum disease. The gingivectomy procedure involves making small incisions in the gums and then removing the damaged tissue. The healthy tissue is then sutured back into place. This surgery is usually done in a hospital setting and takes about one to two hours to complete. The recovery period is short, and most people can return to normal activities within a few days.


It is called gingival hyperplasia, when the gum tissue around your teeth is swollen or has excess growth. Gingivoplasty is periodontal surgery that involves trimming away the excess gum tissue to even out the gum line. It can be performed for cosmetic reasons, but it can also help reduce inflammation and irritation in the gums. Your periodontist may recommend gingivoplasty if you have excess gum tissue that is causing problems with your teeth or if you are not happy with the appearance of your smile.


Apicoectomy is a surgical process performed to remove the end of the tooth's root. It is done when there is inflammation or infection at the base of the root (known as the periapical area). An expert dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to reach the root. Once the root is removed, the area will be cleaned and sealed.

If you have been detected with periodontal disease, our dentist or periodontist may recommend surgery to restore the teeth and gums healthily. Surgery for periodontal disease is a last resort, but it may be the best way to save your teeth.

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Lilburn, GA 30047-3809

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