Your gums play a vital role in the overall health and function of your mouth. They help bond your teeth to the underlying bone structure of your mouth while also influencing your general and oral health. Poor oral hygiene habits or failing to attend your regularly scheduled dental checkups can lead to problems with tooth decay and gum disease. In time, a severe form of gum disease, which is known as periodontitis, can gradually cause your gums to recede from your teeth.
As your gumline pulls back, small pockets of infection form in your gums near the roots of your teeth. Over time this level of gum infection can eventually cause the loss of multiple teeth. In some of these cases an effective treatment plan for remediating periodontitis complications is to have our periodontist, Dr. Seth Rush perform gum surgery. This often starts with a gingival flap treatment. This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis but often requires sedation. This treatment process involves Dr. Rush making a series of small incisions in the affected gum tissues. This will provide him with direct access to remove any infected material near the roots of your teeth. Once this is done he will use some your healthy gum tissue to cover the base of your teeth. Any severely infected periodontal tissues might also need to be excised or replaced with an eventual gum graft.
If you live in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and you have been struggling with chronic gum health problems, you should call 816-444-8822 to seek treatment at our office.