If you need gum surgery, you likely have a ton of questions regarding what to expect. Our Beverly Hills dentist can provide you with the answers you need to get prepared for your treatment. Please call us right away. We would be glad to get you scheduled for your free consultation with Dr. Farnoosh.
Types of Gum Surgery
The following are four of the most common types of gum surgeries. Dr. Farnoosh has been providing care for his patients with gum issues for many years. If you want to learn more about how he can help you, give us a call to schedule your free consultation right away.
Gingival Flap Surgery
This type of surgery is meant to remove bacteria from under your gums. If you have gum disease, you may need to have this performed. Your surgeon will pick up the gum tissue to clean between the gums and the teeth to fight the infection.
If you need help regenerating tissue or bone, you may also receive grafts during this procedure. You will have the infected gum issue removed and healthy tissue placed. Your periodontist will place dissolvable stitches once the gums have been cleaned and placed back down.
You will likely need to see your dentist for a follow-up appointment to check on the surgical site.
Crown Lengthening Gum Surgery
If you feel like your teeth are too small and your gums show too much when you smile, you may be interested in a cosmetic gum treatment that scales back your gumline and exposes more of the crown of your teeth.
This is a relatively simple procedure in which a laser is used to precisely cut back the gum line to make your teeth appear longer.
If your gum line has started to recede, you may need a gum graft to keep your teeth secure. Gum recession can lead to your teeth falling out. Healthy tissue can be taken from other parts of your mouth to be placed on your gum line to prevent tooth loss.
Fortunately, you will not have to be referred out of our office to receive these types of treatments because our Beverly Hills dentist is a periodontist, meaning he can operate on your gums and teeth.
Sedation for Gum Surgery
Depending on your treatment, you may need some level of sedation. If you are getting gingival flap surgery, you may want sedation. If you are getting a crown lengthening surgery, a local anesthetic may be all that you need.
Typically, we use conscious sedation, which means you will be sedated but awake and aware. General anesthesia will put you completely under, which is only done when completely necessary. We do not often use general anesthesia for gum surgery.
Recovering from Gum Surgery
If you have sedation for your treatment, you will likely need someone else to drive you home from the office. You will be given specific instructions from your dentist regarding what you should avoid doing in terms of work, exercise, diet, etc.
While your gums heal, you should eat soft foods such as pudding, Jell-O, eggs, mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream, etc.
Do not floss your teeth while you are recovering from gum surgery. You will likely be given medication or be instructed to use OTC pain killers while you heal.
Call Our Beverly Hills Dentist Today
We strongly recommend meeting with our Beverly Hills dentist for a free consultation if you believe you need gum surgery. Please give us a call to schedule your free consultation if you have questions about what to expect and how to prepare for your gum surgery. We would be happy to help you.