By Smart Family Dental Care
November 30, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Gum Surgery  

Do you know what healthy gum tissue looks like? It should be pink and firm, forming a little collar around each tooth. Supporting and nourishing your smile, gum tissue requires routine care and if diseased, possible oral surgery. At Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, your dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, performs a variety of gum surgeries to improve periodontal health. Learn more about it here.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss among American adults, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Also called periodontal disease, this serious oral health problem affects systemic health too, as inflammation spreads throughout the body, and is linked to:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Premature births and other pregnancy complications

Symptoms of and treatments for gum disease

Poor oral hygiene habits, hereditary factors, smoking, and alcohol consumption commonly precipitate gum disease--from simple gingivitis to periodontitis. Gums bleed, recede, and even feel tender. They look red and pull away from root surfaces, forming deep periodontal pockets.

To heal infected gums, improve your brushing and flossing routine at home and receive a hygienic cleaning at your dentist's office in Norcross, GA. These practices remove the bacteria-laden soft plaque and hard tartar which degrade gum tissue.

However, if you have advanced periodontitis, you may require gum surgery. Performed by your dentist at his Norcross, GA, office, these procedures reduce inflammation, remove diseased tissue, and shape the tissue so it looks good.

Types of gum surgery

Depending on your need, Dr. Baek offers these gum surgeries:

  • Flap surgery lifts selected gum sites, cleans the roots beneath, and stitches the gum flap back in place
  • Gum grafting and regeneration which takes donor tissue from the patient's palates or other areas and covers exposed roots
  • Gingivectomy to remove excess gum tissue, forming a more pleasing gum line
  • Gingivoplasty sculpts gum tissue so it retains fewer food particles and therefore, is easier to keep clean
  • Laser gum surgery, debridement of diseased tissue using focused beams of light in a comfortable and quick procedure

Your gums are so important

To achieve your best oral health and smile appearance, see your dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, and his friendly team at Smart Family Dental Care. His precise diagnostic and treatment skills--including surgery if needed--will optimize your oral and overall health. Phone our Norcross, GA, office with any questions or concerns you have: (770) 446-5700.