Posts for tag: Gum Surgery

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.

By Smart Family Dental Care
May 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Gum Surgery  

Gum problems? Gum surgery can help your dentist improve the appearance of your gums and restore oral health. There are many Gum_Diseasedifferent types of periodontal surgery procedures being practiced, but your dental provider will help you determine the treatment that is suitable for you based on the condition of your smile and your desired outcome. Led by Dr. Orson Baek, Smart Family Dental Care (located in Norcross, GA) offers gum surgery services to the patients they serve. Here are 5 reasons to have gum surgery.

1. You want to have your gums reshaped. By reshaping your gums, your dentist can completely revitalize the appearance of your smile. Gum contouring, also called a gum lift, is a surgical cosmetic procedure for people who are unhappy with the size and proportion of their gums. Your dentist can reshape your gums with a laser or scalpel to help your teeth appear more prominent and restore balance to your smile.

2. You want to reverse periodontal disease. While traditional gum surgery can help you achieve healthier gums, many dentists now offer laser gum surgery. Laser surgery is a breakthrough in the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. Laser surgery removes diseased gum tissue through the use of laser light. Laser surgery offers better clinical results while reducing the need for invasive therapies. Laser surgery doesn’t cut into your gums like traditional surgery. Most people find laser gum surgery to be a lot less painful than traditional gum surgery.

3. You need to expose a tooth's surface for a crown. If you need a dental crown, but don't have enough tooth surface to attach the crown, your dental provider may recommend crown lengthening. This procedure can be accomplished with a scalpel or laser by your dentist in Norcross and can help your teeth appear longer and more prominent. Patients with severe decay may also need crown lengthening before their tooth can be restored.

4. Your gum tissue has pulled away from your teeth. Soft tissue grafting, also called gum regeneration or gum graft, may be a viable option for people who have receding gums as a result of periodontal disease. During this procedure, your dentist will take a piece of tissue from a part of your mouth to restore it around the tooth. Soft tissue grafting can prevent further deterioration of the gums, while improving the appearance of your smile.

5. You need to have a tooth surgically removed. A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. There are a number of reasons why dental extractions may be needed. A dental extraction may be necessary if your tooth is so damaged that it cannot be fixed. Additionally, if your wisdom teeth don't have room to grow, you'll likely need to have them pulled. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in inflammation, pain, and a gum infection.

If you think you may need gum surgery, call Smart Family Dental Care at (770) 446-5700 today to schedule a dental consultation in Norcross, GA. Whether you have gum surgery to improve aesthetics or function, you will receive the benefits of both: improved periodontal health and a beautiful smile – your keys to smiling, eating, and speaking with confidence!

By Smart Family Dental Care
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Gum Surgery  

Could you benefit from gum surgery? Our Norcross, GA, dentist, Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care, explains how the surgery gum diseasecan enhance your appearance or improve the health of your gums.

Cosmetic gum surgery is the ideal treatment for a gummy smile

Are your gums in full view when you smile? Gummy smiles can occur for a variety of reasons. The condition often runs in families, but may also occur if your teeth haven't erupted normally or if you've worn away your tooth enamel by grinding your teeth while you sleep. If the upper portions of your teeth are covered by gum tissue or your gums are uneven, you may want to consider gum surgery to remove the excess tissue. The surgery not only eliminates extra gum tissue, but also contours and reshapes it to improve the appearance of your smile.

Gum grafts offer a solution for receding gums

Receding gums make your teeth look longer and expose the sensitive roots. Luckily, gum graft surgery can restore your natural gum line and protect your roots. During gum graft surgery, a small amount of tissue is removed from the roof of your mouth or obtained from a tissue bank, then sewn in place over your gums. If gum disease is the cause of your receding gums, the disease must be successfully treated in our Norcross office before you can receive gum grafts.

Gum surgery restores the health of gums damaged by gum disease

Removing the bacteria, tartar and plaque below your gum line is crucial to treating gum disease. Although gum disease treatment used to involve cutting the gums with a scalpel, today it's often possible to perform the surgery with lasers. Laser light not only removes diseased gum tissue, but also attacks the bacteria responsible for the disease. You won't need any stitches after laser gum surgery and will enjoy a shorter recovery period. In fact, most people return to their normal activities just 24 hours after the procedure.

Gum surgery offers an effective way to treat both cosmetic issues and gum disease. Call our Norcross, GA, dentist, Dr. Baek of Smart Family Dental Care, at (770) 446-5700 to schedule an appointment to discuss the best treatment for your gums.

By Smart Family Dental Care
June 18, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Gum Surgery  

Gum SurgeryWhile most people think of straight, white teeth when they think about the perfect smile, the truth is that having a beautiful smile takes more than that. It also requires beautiful, healthy gums.

Are your gums too big, too small, uneven or discolored? If so, it is completely natural to feel embarrassed by or discontent with your smile. Thankfully, however, you don't have to feel that way any longer. Everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of, and you can find yours by calling Dr. Orson Baek, D.D.S., M.S. at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross for gum surgery.

Why Gum Surgery?

Gums that are too small can make your smile look toothy. Gums that are too big can make your smile look gummy. Gums that swollen, infected or discolored can ruin your smile altogether. The truth is, your gums can have a dramatic effect on your smile's appearance.

With gum surgery from Dr. Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, you can make sure that the effect your gums have on your smile is a good one. Dr. Baek can fill in gums that are too small, trim back gums that are too big, and remove any discoloration or unevenness you might have. He can cover your exposed tooth roots to reduce pain and sensitivity. He can even go in and clean out any infection or decay you might have along your gum line as well.

Is Gum Surgery Safe?

Yes, gum surgery is very safe and effective, especially when you visit a qualified Norcross oral surgeon such as Dr. Baek. As long as you are healthy enough for minor surgery, you have no reason to worry.

A healthy smile involves more than just white teeth or perfect alignment. If your gums are getting in the way of the beautiful smile you've always wanted, you deserve to do something about it. Call Dr. Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross to set up a gum surgery consultation today.