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Gum Surgery
Indianapolis & Fishers, IN

At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.

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Gum Surgery
Indianapolis & Fishers, IN

At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.

Sometimes, periodontal surgery may be needed to treat certain gum diseases and conditions, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. This type of surgery is commonly known as gum surgery.

Sometimes, periodontal surgery may be needed to treat certain gum diseases and conditions, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. This type of surgery is commonly known as gum surgery.

Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to see us, will help keep your teeth healthy and strong. But good oral hygiene is not just for your teeth, it also keeps your gums healthy. Regular oral exams give us the chance to detect gum disease in its early stages and treat it before it progresses.

Implant Dentistry and Periodontics will help you with any gum surgery treatments. We offer a wide assortment of important periodontal and dental implant services. Our compassionate and thoughtful staff works meticulously on a goal of providing you with the best quality service for your overall oral health. We will address your dental concerns with you in a calm, relaxing environment, and approach your dental care as an important partner on your health care team. If you would like to have an evaluation about the potential of a gum surgery solution, call our Indianapolis office at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office at 317-842-2273 to schedule your appointment today.

When you skip your dental visits for too long, untreated gum disease can leave you with infected and damaged gums that require surgery.

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Award Winning Periodontics
in Indianapolis and Fishers

Dedication to providing the best periodontal care to Indianapolis and Fishers isn't just something Drs. Edwards and Christman talk about. They are board certified periodontist, which means they have gone above and beyond what most periodontists do to master his field of work. They have sought out further education to bring the most promising new treatments to their patients.

Some Reasons for Gum Surgery

Gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease, can usually be treated by a family dentist. Periodontitis is an advanced form of gingivitis that develops into inflammation and damaged bone and tissue. Periodontitis usually requires a visit to Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, and treatment may involve gum surgery. Gum surgery can reduce gum gaps between the teeth, regrow damaged bones and tissues, prevent tooth loss, and reshape the jawbone to eliminate bacterial growth.

The gum surgery procedure aims to treat the gum disease and any damage it may have caused by:

  • eliminating bacteria and infection
  • regrowing damaged bones and tissues
  • preventing tooth loss
  • reducing gum gaps between teeth, known as black triangles
  • reshaping the jawbone to lower the risk for bacterial growth

However, gum disease is not the only reason for gum surgery. You may be interested in cosmetic gum surgery, such as when your gums cover too much of your teeth, a condition known as a “gummy smile.”

Are You a Candidate for Gum Surgery?

If you have severe or advanced disease around your gums and the tissues that support your teeth you are usually a candidate for periodontal surgery.

If you have gum disease, your symptoms might include:

  • gums that are swollen, red, or bleeding
  • deep pockets that form between your gums and teeth
  • bad breath
  • pain when chewing
  • loose teeth
  • gums that recede or pull away from your teeth
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At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a wide range of periodontal and dental implant services. Our caring and compassionate team has one collective priority and that is your smile.

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The Different Types of Gum Surgery

The type of gum surgery you need will depend on the severity of your gum disease and the specific damage it has done, or the type of cosmetic results you desire. Types of gum surgery offered at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics include:

  • Gum Graft- Tissue is taken from the roof of your mouth and stitched into place on either side of a tooth that is exposed due to gums that are receding. This helps even the gum line and reduce sensitivity.
  • Gum Regeneration- Gum tissue is folded back, and bacteria is removed. We insert bone grafts, membranes, or tissue-stimulating proteins to help the gum tissues regenerate around the teeth.
  • Gingival Flap Surgery- Gums are separated from the teeth for a deep cleaning, then stitched back into place around the teeth. Bone reshaping is sometimes required during the surgery.
  • Gingivectomy- Excess and overgrown gum tissue is removed to improve the aesthetics and to make it easier to keep the surface of the teeth clean.
  • Gingivoplasty- Healthy gum tissue is reshaped for a more appealing aesthetic look, sometimes in combination with a gum graft.

The Gum Surgery Process

Depending on the type of procedure, a range of things may take place. Most gum surgery procedures usually take around 2 hours to complete. In some cases, the surgery will require you to be asleep or partially asleep during the procedure. Other times, the surgery only involves the use of a local anesthetic to numb your gums.

During the procedure, we use sterile equipment, including instruments and drapes, to lower the risk of infection. After making small incisions or cuts along the gum line, we will lift the gums away from the teeth. This allows us to see the roots better so that we can remove and clean away any tartar, plaque, or infection.

Following this deep cleaning, Implant Dentistry and Periodontics can perform other procedures, such as gum reshaping, bone regeneration procedures, or other planned procedures.

Once the planned dental surgery is complete, we will stitch the gums back into place, using fine thread stitches. We will remove the stitches 7 to 10 days after surgery.

State of the Art Technology
For Advanced Periodontics

Offering the best periodontal care in the world requires the most advanced technology in the world. Drs. Edwards and Christman are always in search of new ways to provide patients with better results and do it in a way that minimizes pain and recovery time. They are also happy to take up technologies that make it easier to communicate with patients and allow us to do our jobs in more environmentally friendly ways.

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Gum Surgery Aftercare

Recovery times for gum surgery will depend on the type of procedure, but we will schedule a follow-up appointment within 1 to 2 weeks. During your recovery period, you will need to use an antiseptic mouthwash to keep your mouth clean and avoid infection. We may also prescribe an antibiotic.

For the first few days after surgery, you may be instructed to eat soft foods and avoid strenuous exercise. You should also avoid smoking during the entire recovery process.

Earning your Trust with High Quality Periodontal Care

When you schedule a visit with our outstanding team at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, you will be surrounded in professionalism by a friendly team that has the most advanced dental technology at our disposal in our clinic. We are quite meticulous because we understand exactly how different and unique each patient really is. We deliberately plan personalized treatments that work for your desires and budget. We work hard to place value back into your undervalued personal asset, your smile, so every dental procedure we perform for you is with your best interests and oral health in mind.

At Implant Dentistry and Periodontics, we offer a relaxed and stress-free clinic, and we want you to be comfortable with our abilities and services. Scheduling an appointment for a potential gum surgery procedure is an important step towards being proactive in your oral health and regaining your healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call our Indianapolis office, 8801 North Meridian St., Ste 103, Indianapolis, at 317-574-0600 or our Fishers office, 9885 E. 116th St, Ste 300, Fishers, at 317-842-2273.