Laser Gum Surgery in Wellesley, MA
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What Is Laser Gum Surgery?
Surgery on the gums may be used for either restorative or cosmetic dental issues. Often laser gum surgery is performed to treat periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. This occurs when bacteria and plaque hide in the pockets under the gumline. This buildup can begin to create toxins, which can impact not only your gums but also your teeth, jaw, and the muscles in your lower face. Based on how advanced your condition is, there are two types of gum surgery performed at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group for treating periodontal disease — gingivectomy and gingival flap surgery. Our Wellesley, MA dentists offer these gum surgeries to address advanced gum disease and help restore your smile.
Should I Have Laser Gum Surgery?
You may be a candidate for laser gum surgery if you have been diagnosed with advanced gum disease that may no longer qualify for a nonsurgical option — usually because the disease has started to reach the roots of your teeth and/or has started infecting your facial bones and ligaments.
Other signs you might qualify for laser gum surgery include:
- You might be experiencing severely swollen and painful gums, pus on your teeth and gums, or tooth loss.
- Your gums could be covering too much of your teeth (giving you a "gummy" smile) or shrinking, so too much enamel is showing.
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How Is Laser Gum Surgery Performed?
Before receiving treatment, we will evaluate your gums and teeth to decide which procedure is the best match for you.
- Gingival flap surgery is performed by making surgical cuts in the gum tissue so it can be moved away from the teeth. As soon as the enamel and gum pockets are exposed, a deep cleaning is performed before the gums are closed with sutures.
- Gingivectomy cuts away overgrown tissue and then fully cleans the enamel and gum pockets.
- Gingivoplasty reshapes and manipulates recessive gum tissue. If needed, a gum tissue graft may be performed as part of a gingivoplasty to make your gumline even.
What Can I Expect When Recovering From Laser Gum Surgery?
Following your gum surgery, you may experience pain or swelling in the treated areas. Someone from our dental team will go over pain management and the best ways to help your gums heal at home. We might write you a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics to help after your surgery. Once your gums have healed, it is important that you follow a proper oral hygiene regimen (to avoid future infections) with regular brushing and flossing. Bi-annual dental cleanings at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group will help remove tartar and plaque that build up on your enamel and stop a reoccurrence of gum disease. In your annual dental examination, we will analyze your mouth to make sure your gums are healthy, and the problem has been addressed.
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Will Laser Gum Surgery Be Covered Under Insurance?
Gum surgery is generally deemed a medical necessity, which means a part of the cost will most likely be covered by your dental insurance. Prior to your procedure, we will contact your provider to determine your benefits and calculate any out-of-pocket costs. To help make your surgery easy to afford, Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group takes several payment methods, including low-interest medical financing. At your consultation, we can discuss cost estimates and other financial information so you know exactly what to expect.
Protect Your Oral Health With Laser Gum Surgery
Advanced gum disease needs to be treated as soon as possible since it can cause bigger issues like infections, diabetes, and even heart disease. Gum surgery at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group is a state-of-the-art laser treatment that helps correct severe gum disease and restores your smile. For more information, contact our office in Wellesley, MA to schedule a consultation.