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Gum Flap Surgery

Gum flap surgery, also known as gingival surgery, is a procedure in which the gums are separated from the teeth and folded back temporarily to allow a dentist to reach the root of the tooth as well as the bone.

It is a leading method for treating and repairing periodontal pockets, which are areas below the gum line where the gum tissue has detached from the teeth. This results in the inability to clean the area properly and therefore harmful bacteria grows rapidly. This bacteria causes:

  • Inflammation of the gum tissues
  • Sensitivity, bleeding, and pain
  • Gum disease
  • Loss of tooth-supporting bone structure
  • Systemic problems that impact your whole body

Gum flap surgery cleans plaque and removes calculus from the root and also treats gum disease (periodontitis). While it isn’t a cure for gum disease, it does help create an environment that is more conducive to maintaining your overall periodontal health.

This Is What Happens When You Have Gum Flap Surgery

To start, the periodontist numbs the area with a local anesthetic.  Next, the doctor will use a scalpel to separate the gums from the teeth. Then they will lift or fold the gums back in the form of a flap.

This process gives the periodontist direct access to the roots and bones that are supporting the teeth.

Once the area is exposed, the dentist

  • Removes inflamed tissues from between the teeth and holes in the bone
  • Cleans plaque and tartar using a procedure called scaling and root planing
  • Eliminates bone defects with a procedure called osseous recontouring

After the procedure is finished, the doctor will place the gums back against the teeth and stitch them to anchor them in place. Depending on the stitches used, you may or may not have to have them removed a week after surgery. Often, a dressing covers the surgical site to protect it.

You may experience mild to moderate discomfort after surgery, for which your dentist may prescribe or suggest an over the counter pain reliever. Swelling is also common and they may suggest that you apply an ice pack to the outside of your face to minimize the effect.

Post procedure care is vital to your recovery and includes:

  • Keeping your mouth as clean as possible
  • Gently brushing and flossing the rest of your mouth
  • Using a toothbrush to gently remove plaque from the teeth of the surgical site (if a dressing is not covering the area)
  • Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse to kill bacteria and help the healing process
  • Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection
  • Follow up reexamine with your periodontist 7 to 10 days post surgery

Unfortunately, your gums in the surgery site are more likely to recede over time. Also, the teeth that were treated may become more sensitive to hot and cold and more likely to develop cavities in the roots.

If you addressed your underlying oral medical conditions and still aren’t satisfied with the appearance of your smile… then you have come to the right place.

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Enhances estheticsWhitens & brightens teethLengthens small teeth
Reshapes smileHighlights your smileIncreases confidence
Fills unsightly gapsRemoves stainsAlters the look of teeth

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Our custom molds prevent over exaggerated dental costs for non-oral health threatening treatments.

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Periodontal surgery exposed

While some people think that “the more you know, the less you need to say” (Jim Rohn)…

This is certainly not the case when it comes to your oral health

The MORE you know about the state of your oral health, the MORE you need to speak up and tell your dentist about any issues or concerns you have.

Because the dismal reality is that if you don’t say anything, these problems WILL progress and potentially develop into diseases. Furthermore, you may need to have periodontal surgery.

Here’s what YOU need to know!

What Is Periodontal Surgery?

To get started, let’s first take a look at the definition of periodontal:

PERIODONTALRelating to or affecting the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth

Therefore, periodontal surgery refers to any surgery that focuses on the structures surrounding the teeth, such as your gums or bones.

Types of Periodontal Surgery

If you have developed gum disease, receding gum lines, or other issues with your gums, your periodontist may recommend periodontal surgery to treat and fix these issues.

There are a variety of procedures available depending on what your treatment plan requires:

Pocket ReductionAlso known as gingival flap surgery.

The surgeon folds back the gums and removes bacteria.

The gum tissue is then secured against your teeth (instead of letting it grow back itself)
Crown LengtheningAlso known as gingivectomy.

Gum tissue overgrowth is removed from your teeth.

Makes teeth appear longer.

Used for cosmetic effects a s well as to treat gum disease.
RegenerationThe periodontist folds back the gums and removes bacteria that causes diseases.

Bone grafts, tissue-stimulating proteins, or
membranes are then inserted to encourage gum
tissue regeneration.

The aim is to get the gums to fit securely around your teeth again.
Soft Tissue GraftAlso know an gingivoplasty.

Gum tissue is taken from elsewhere in your mouth
and attached to your gums.

Replaces gum tissue that has receded or damaged by gum disease.

Used for cosmetic purposes and improves the
appearance of your teeth.

Also treats gum disease because it covers exposed
roots


If you are unsure if you are a candidate for gum surgery or which type of gum surgery is best for you, a thorough examination by your dentist can determine what you need.

Cost of Periodontal Surgery

Depending on the severity of your disease and the type of procedure required, the cost of gum surgery varies GREATLY.

With prices between $500 to $10,000 and more, many insurance companies will cover at least part of the gum surgery cost. While these prices may seem shocking, delaying treatment can lead to more expensive and complex procedures in the future.

The main factors that affect costs are:

  • The location of your dentist.
  • The technology used in your procedure.
  • The type of treatment required.
  • The type of dental insurance you have.

With these factors in mind, here are the approximate costs for gum surgery:

Gingival flap surgeryTypically costs between $1000 and $3000 without insurance
GingivectomyAbout $200 to $400 per tooth
GingivoplastyAround  $600 to $1,200 per procedure

If your full mouth needs periodontal treatment and will require a variety of treatments, the total cost can average $4,000 to $6,000. However, if the damage is extensive it can cost you anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000.

If you have addressed your underlying oral health issues but still aren’t satisfied with the appearance of your teeth…. LISTEN UP (and keep reading)!

The Best Way To A Brighter & Whiter Smile

You can unlock your smile’s potential with Lab Direct custom removable veneers from Brighter Image Lab!

We know that our customized veneers are sustainable and cost effective compared to traditional dental visits and in-office cosmetic dental appointments.

Check out these incredible reasons why removable veneers are a great choice to make your smile sparkle:

Enhances estheticsWhitens & brightens teethLengthens small teeth
Reshapes smileHighlights your smileIncreases confidence
Fills unsightly gapsRemoves stainsAlters the look of teeth

Furthermore, you can easily take the first step in creating your custom veneers from the comfort of your couch because there is no need to visit a dentist. All of the materials you need to get started are delivered directly to your house.

No matter what type of result you are looking for, your dental dreams can come true with Brighter Image Lab.

Our custom molds prevent over exaggerated dental costs for non-oral health threatening treatments.

You really can bring your smile to its ultimate level… without paying $20,000+ for a cosmetic smile makeover.

Let us introduce you to the life changing magic of removable dental veneers.

Join us as we welcome you to the future of smile design.

Come see how we can improve your smile in a way that you never thought imaginable. You truly owe it to yourself to look at BrighterImageLab.com.

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Gum surgery cost - you can't afford not to read this!

You can choose ONE (and only one) of the following:

Sitting on a tropical beach and soaking up the sun…

Putting a down payment on a new car…

OR having gum surgery.

Which would you choose?

We are willing to bet that gum surgery is definitely last on the list! However, should you or someone in your family requires gum surgery, you may need to kiss that vacation or new car goodbye

Let’s dive into the details about what gum surgery actually is… and if you can afford its astonishing costs.

What Is Gum Surgery?

Gum surgery may be required for people who develop periodontal disease, which is a bacterial infection that infects the gum tissue and causes inflammation, swelling, redness, and loss of bone around the teeth

The shocking truth is that 80 percent of adults in the United States have some form of periodontal disease (as reported by The National Institute of Health)!!!

Periodontal disease starts when bacteria in your mouth collects in your mouth, attaches to your teeth, and then grows. This growth forms a biofilm that is commonly referred to as dental plaque.

When plaque is left on your teeth, it causes the nearby gum tissue to become irritated and inflamed. As a result, you may develop gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease but can turn into a serious form of gum disease if left untreated.

If you have developed gum disease, receding gum lines, or other issues with your gums, your dentist may recommend surgery to treat and fix these issues, such as:

gingival flap surgeryregeneration
gingivectomygingivoplasty

Now that you know what gum surgery IS (and who may need it),  let’s take a closer look at what it will cost you.

What Does Gum Surgery Cost?

Depending on the severity of your disease and the type of procedure required, the cost of gum surgery varies GREATLY.

With prices between $500 to $10,000 and more, many insurance companies will cover at least part of the gum surgery cost. While these prices may seem shocking, delaying treatment can lead to more expensive and complex procedures in the future.

The main factors that affect gum surgery cost are

  • The location of your dentist.
  • The technology used in your procedure.
  • The type of treatment required.
  • The type of dental insurance you have.

With these factors in mind, here are the approximate costs for gum surgery:

Gingival flap surgeryTypically costs between $1,000 and $3,000 without insurance
GingivectomyAbout $200 to $400 per tooth
GingivoplastyAround  $600 to $1,200 per procedure

If your full mouth needs periodontal treatment and will require a variety of treatments, the total cost can average $4,000 to $6,000. However, if the damage is extensive it can cost you anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000.

If you have addressed your underlying oral health issues but still aren’t satisfied with the appearance of your teeth…. LISTEN UP (and keep reading)!

The Best Way To A Brighter & Whiter Smile

You can unlock your smile’s potential with Lab Direct custom removable veneers from Brighter Image Lab!

We know that our customized veneers are sustainable and cost effective compared to traditional dental visits and in-office cosmetic dental appointments.

Check out these incredible reasons why removable veneers are a great alternative to gum surgery:

Enhances estheticsWhitens & brightens teethLengthens small teeth
Reshapes smileHighlights your smileIncreases confidence
Fills unsightly gapsRemoves stainsAlters the look of teeth

Furthermore, you can easily take the first step in creating your custom veneers from the comfort of your couch because there is no need to visit a dentist. All of the materials you need to get started are delivered directly to your house.

No matter what type of result you are looking for, your dental dreams can come true with Brighter Image Lab.

Our custom molds prevent over exaggerated dental costs for non-oral health threatening treatments.

You really can bring your smile to its ultimate level… without paying $20,000+ for a cosmetic smile makeover.

Let us introduce you to the life changing magic of removable dental veneers.

Join us as we welcome you to the future of smile design.

Come see how we can improve your smile in a way that you never thought imaginable. You truly owe it to yourself to look at BrighterImageLab.com.

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Gum Surgery - What you don't know will hurt you!

Guess what?

You DON’T have to brush your teeth…

Just the ones you want to keep!

When it comes to maintaining supreme oral health, brushing and flossing on the daily is a no brainer. The scary truth is that when you don’t make oral health a priority, it opens the door for a slew of problems and diseases.

These issues may require you to need to have gum surgery – and that is certainly not something to smile about.

Will you need gum surgery?

You’re about to find out!

Who Needs Gum Surgery?

Gum surgery may be required for people who develop periodontal disease, which is a bacterial infection that infects the gum tissue and causes:

inflammationredness
swellingloss of bone around the teeth

The shocking truth is that 80 percent of adults in the United States have some form of periodontal disease (as reported by The National Institute of Health)!

Periodontal disease starts when bacteria collects in your mouth, attaches to your teeth, and then grows… and grows… and GROWS. This growth forms a biofilm that is commonly referred to as dental plaque.

When plaque is left on your teeth, it causes the nearby gum tissue to become irritated and inflamed. As a result, you may develop gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease but can turn into a serious form of gum disease if left untreated.

To keep your teeth healthy and safe from gum disease, it is vital that you fight this bacteria by flossing and brushing at least twice daily. This cleans the teeth and stops plaque from forming at the gum line of your teeth.

On the other hand, when proper oral hygiene is NOT practiced, gingivitis will progress and your gum tissue will become more inflamed. You may also notice bleeding and “pockets” developing in your gums, which allows periodontal disease to develop.

Does Gum Surgery Cause Pain?

After gum surgery, many people have mild to moderate pain. This pain can easily be managed with pain relievers you can get at your local store.

If swelling occurs, ice can be gently applied to the area. Sometimes, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics to minimize the risk of any infection from developing.

It is expected that the gums will be sensitive following gum surgery. However, if excessive bleeding or swelling occurs, it is best to immediately contact your dentist with any problems.

Types of Gum Surgery

If you have developed gum disease, receding gum lines, or other issues with your gums, your dentist may recommend surgery to treat and fix these issues.

There are a variety of procedures available depending on what your treatment plan requires:

Pocket ReductionAlso known as gingival flap surgery.

The surgeon folds back the gums and removes bacteria.

The gum tissue is then secured against your teeth (instead of letting it grow back itself)
Crown LengtheningAlso known as gingivectomy.

Gum tissue overgrowth is removed from your teeth.

Makes teeth appear longer.

Used for cosmetic effects as well as to treat gum disease.
RegenerationThe periodontist folds back the gums and removes bacteria that causes diseases.

Bone grafts, tissue-stimulating proteins, or membranes are then inserted to encourage gum tissue regeneration.

The aim it to get the gums to fit securely around your teeth again.
Soft Tissue GraftAlso known as gingivoplasty.

Gum tissue is taken from elsewhere in your mouth and attached to your gums.

Replaces gum tissue that has receded or damaged by gum disease.

Used for cosmetic purposes and improves the appearance of your teeth.

Also treats gum disease because it covers exposed roots

If you are unsure if you need gum surgery or which type of gum surgery is best for you, a thorough examination by your dentist can determine what you need.

Depending on how advanced your gum issues are, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist, who is a doctor that specializes in treating gum disease.

The Best Way To A Brighter & Whiter Smile

You can unlock your smile’s potential with Lab Direct custom removable veneers from Brighter Image Lab!

We know that our customized veneers are sustainable and cost effective compared to traditional dental visits and in-office cosmetic dental appointments.

Check out these incredible reasons why removable veneers are a great choice to make your smile sparkle:

Enhances estheticsWhitens & brightens teethLengthens small teeth
Reshapes smileHighlights your smileIncreases confidence
Fills unsightly gapsRemoves stainsAlters the look of teeth

Furthermore, you can easily take the first step in creating your custom veneers from the comfort of your couch because there is no need to visit a dentist. We ship all of the materials you need to start directly to your house.

No matter what type of result you are looking for, your dental dreams can come true with Brighter Image Lab.

Our custom molds prevent over exaggerated dental costs for non-oral health threatening treatments.

You really can bring your smile to its ultimate level… without paying $20,000+ for a cosmetic smile makeover.

Let us introduce you to the life changing magic of removable dental veneers.

Join us as we welcome you to the future of smile design.

Come see how we can improve your smile in a way that you never thought imaginable. You truly owe it to yourself to look at BrighterImageLab.com.

Fix Your Smile Today - Learn More