Gum Surgery in Hazlet, NJ

Most patients are familiar with dental treatments that address issues in the teeth, such as fillings, crowns, or whitening. At All Smiles Dental Care, we are also concerned with the health of your gums. We offer gum surgery treatments in Hazlet, NJ, to restore health to the gums when they have been affected by gum disease.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease also referred to as periodontitis or gingivitis (in its early stages), is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the form of plaque along the gumline. Regular removal of the plaque and bacteria with daily brushing helps to prevent the development of gum disease, but when oral care habits are neglected, the bacteria are allowed to build up and create acids that attack both the teeth and the gums. If the condition is not remedied early, gum surgery will be recommended to restore health to the gums.

Types of Gum Surgery

There are a few types of gum surgery that can be performed at our dental office near you in Hazlet, NJ. The type performed by your dentist at All Smiles Dental Care will depend on how far the gum disease has progressed.

  • Pocket reduction, or gingival flap surgery: In this type of surgery, your dentist will cut into the gums to fold them back in order to clean out the areas below the gums. Once the bacteria have been removed, the gum tissue will be secured against the teeth.
  • Crown lengthening: Excess or an overgrowth of gum tissue will be removed from the teeth. Because the result of this surgery is that the teeth appear longer, this procedure can be used for cosmetic purposes as well as to treat gum disease.
  • Soft tissue graft: If the gum disease has advanced to a stage where the gum recession has started, your dentist can place a soft tissue graft on the gums to prevent tooth loss. The gum tissue will be taken from another area of the mouth and placed on the area where the gum tissue has receded.

Before gum surgery is recommended, your dentist may want to try a procedure called scaling and root planing, which is slightly less invasive. Visit us at All Smiles Dental Care to take care of your gum health.

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