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Does Gum Disease Require Surgery?


Posted on 5/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Gum disease or periodontitis is a chronic infection of the gums and the surrounding soft tissues that support the teeth. The condition occurs primarily due to poor dental hygiene. If you do not brush or floss your teeth appropriately, disease-causing bacteria will infect the gingival tissues, resulting in gingivitis. Without proper treatment, the infection advances into periodontal disease. It causes the gums to swell, become inflamed, or recede. In most cases, gum disease does not require surgery. A periodontist may recommend surgery if you have advanced periodontitis.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease


Mild gingivitis is treatable through proper oral hygiene. Maintaining regular brushing and flossing can help reverse the effects of early periodontal disease. As the infection progresses, a periodontist may recommend deep cleaning, root planing, and scaling to treat the infection. Topical medications can also help combat the infection.

Deep cleaning involves brushing, flossing, and cleaning your teeth using advanced dental tools like scalers. A dental hygienist often performs this non-surgical procedure after conducting various preliminary tests and examinations. Deep cleaning removes plaque and stubborn tartar deposits, restoring your oral health and radiant smile.

Root planing and scaling are more intricate procedures. They involve removing bacteria and lodged food particles from the roots and between your teeth. A dentist or dental hygienist uses special tools to eliminate plaque, tartar, and contaminants from the roots and hard-to-reach areas. These procedures help alleviate the symptoms of periodontal disease.

What Stage of Gum Disease Requires Surgery?


Early gum disease does not always require surgery. However, advanced periodontitis might need surgery to correct oral issues and restore dental function. Good candidates for periodontal surgery are those with receding gums or extensive deep pockets between the gums and teeth. You may also be an ideal candidate for surgery if you have loose teeth, chewing difficulty, halitosis, or other complications affecting your gums.

Contact Our Practice Today


Periodontitis is irreversible and might require advanced treatments to manage the condition. Scheduling regular dental checkups and deep cleaning can help alleviate the symptoms linked to the infection. Contact us today for questions and to book an appointment with our periodontists.
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