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Do you usually need surgery for gum disease?

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

There are different stages of gum disease, ranging from gig eval inflammation to severe periodontitis.
Treatment ranges from deep cleaning to periodontal surgery. See a periodontist for an accurate diagnosis. Then a proper treatment plan will be given for your particular stage!

In brief: Depends

There are different stages of gum disease, ranging from gig eval inflammation to severe periodontitis.
Treatment ranges from deep cleaning to periodontal surgery. See a periodontist for an accurate diagnosis. Then a proper treatment plan will be given for your particular stage!
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Dr. Randy Nolf
Dentistry - Periodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Increased stability

When bone has been lost and deep pockets develop around teeth in the gum it is impossible for you to effectively clean and control bacteria.
Disease will advance when bacteria is not cleaned away daily. Surgery makes the pockets shallow again. It puts control back into your hands. Surgery gives you another chance to stop the disease with daily flossing brushing and dental cleanings.

In brief: Increased stability

When bone has been lost and deep pockets develop around teeth in the gum it is impossible for you to effectively clean and control bacteria.
Disease will advance when bacteria is not cleaned away daily. Surgery makes the pockets shallow again. It puts control back into your hands. Surgery gives you another chance to stop the disease with daily flossing brushing and dental cleanings.
Dr. Randy Nolf
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Gum disease

There are different degrees of gum disease.
The goal is to stop the disease process and regain gum health and retain teeth. Gum disease is and infection process. It's damage is mainly in the jawbone supporting the teeth. The damage is generally irreversible. Some stages of gum disease can be treated non-invasively and others require surgery. Only a dentist or periodontist can determine treatment.

In brief: Gum disease

There are different degrees of gum disease.
The goal is to stop the disease process and regain gum health and retain teeth. Gum disease is and infection process. It's damage is mainly in the jawbone supporting the teeth. The damage is generally irreversible. Some stages of gum disease can be treated non-invasively and others require surgery. Only a dentist or periodontist can determine treatment.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

The mildest form of gum disease known as gingivitis usually just requires complete and thorough cleanings from your dentist or dental hygienist along with proper and maintained oral hygiene such as tooth brushing and flossing.
The more severe type known as periodontitis usually requires more definitive and complex treatment including surgery.

In brief: It depends

The mildest form of gum disease known as gingivitis usually just requires complete and thorough cleanings from your dentist or dental hygienist along with proper and maintained oral hygiene such as tooth brushing and flossing.
The more severe type known as periodontitis usually requires more definitive and complex treatment including surgery.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unlikely

Usually gum disease is mild and a good dental cleaning is all that is necessary.
If the gum disease is very severe then surgery may be needed. Also, laser surgery which is less invasive can be considered for treatment of gum disease.

In brief: Unlikely

Usually gum disease is mild and a good dental cleaning is all that is necessary.
If the gum disease is very severe then surgery may be needed. Also, laser surgery which is less invasive can be considered for treatment of gum disease.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Richard Nguyen
Bariatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ussually not

Not unless you have very very bad disease.

In brief: Ussually not

Not unless you have very very bad disease.
Dr. Richard Nguyen
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Depends

It depends on whether you have bone loss and pockets.
If just the gum is affected (gingivitis) maybe cleanings only. If you have pockets and bone loss, you may needs surgery.

In brief: Depends

It depends on whether you have bone loss and pockets.
If just the gum is affected (gingivitis) maybe cleanings only. If you have pockets and bone loss, you may needs surgery.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Eric Linden
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: It depends

There are different degrees of gum disease.
The goal is to stop the disease process, regain gum health, and retain teeth. Gum disease is an infection process. Its damage is mainly in the jawbone supporting the teeth. The damage is generally irreversible. Some stages of gum disease can be treated non-invasively and others require surgery. Only a dentist or periodontist can determine treatment.

In brief: It depends

There are different degrees of gum disease.
The goal is to stop the disease process, regain gum health, and retain teeth. Gum disease is an infection process. Its damage is mainly in the jawbone supporting the teeth. The damage is generally irreversible. Some stages of gum disease can be treated non-invasively and others require surgery. Only a dentist or periodontist can determine treatment.
Dr. Eric Linden
Dr. Eric Linden
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: It depends

Depending on the severity of gum disease and bone break down.
Early gum disease can be treated non-surgically, while more advanced cases can be treated with surgery or laser micro-surgery using er:yag/nd:yag laser combination.

In brief: It depends

Depending on the severity of gum disease and bone break down.
Early gum disease can be treated non-surgically, while more advanced cases can be treated with surgery or laser micro-surgery using er:yag/nd:yag laser combination.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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