Gum surgery encompasses any surgical procedure that takes place on the gums. Healthy gum tissue is vital to your oral and overall health, but it’s also a type of tissue that doesn’t regenerate on its own. Due to gum disease and other oral health issues, gums can recede and pull away from the teeth, leaving the mouth vulnerable to decay and infection. Dr. Grimard is an expert in a variety of functional and esthetic surgical gum procedures, and he can help restore your oral health so you can smile with confidence.
If you suffer from gum disease, you are at a higher risk for a variety of oral health issues, including bone and tooth loss. Gum surgery can restore your gingival health, or boost the aesthetics of your smile.
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Autografting uses your own tissue, (often from the roof of your mouth) to replace receded gum tissue. Because the materials are from your own body, autografts heal quickly and present less chance of infection or rejection than alternatives. However, autografts depend on the patient having enough healthy tissue to work with, and can limit how extensive the treatment can be in a single visit.
Allografts utilize materials created from a tissue donor. Because the materials are ready to use, this results in a quicker procedure with only a single surgery site. Allografts are a great option for patients who don’t have enough healthy tissue for successful autografting, but the healing process generally takes a bit longer as the donor tissue integrates.
Functional crown lengthening can be required for several reasons. If one of your teeth breaks below the gum line, gum tissue may need to be removed in order to access the remaining tooth structure. Also, some restorations may require more tooth structure to be exposed in order to be successful, so the gum line may need to be adjusted before the restoration can be completed.
Esthetic crown lengthening can be used to correct a gummy smile, when the gums cover up too much of the teeth, making them appear shorter or smaller. By removing some of the excess gum tissue, and recontouring the tooth, Dr. Grimard can transform your look so you can smile with confidence.
IV conscious sedation is delivered directly into your bloodstream via an IV, and allows you to enter a deeply relaxed state. You may even fall asleep during your treatment, though you will remain conscious enough to be woken up or respond to questions or commands. When used in combination with local anesthetics, IV conscious sedation can ensure your visit is a relaxing experience, free from pain or anxiety.
The effects of IV conscious sedation do last for several hours after administration, so you will need to arrange for a ride to and from your appointment.
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is the lightest form of sedation available, and can keep you calm during your treatment. With little to no side effects, laughing gas is administered through a mask that goes over your nose, and takes effect almost immediately, melting away your anxieties. Laughing gas produces feelings of euphoria and drowsiness, but you will still be able to answer questions and respond to commands.
Once your procedure is complete, oxygen will flow through the mask, removing any remaining sedative, and the effects will wear off within minutes. You can even drive yourself home from your appointment.