services-procedures - Coastal Carolina Oral Surgery - Wilmington, NC

Gingival Surgery

Gingival surgery is generally used to cover an area of exposed tooth root surface with grafted oral tissue. The covering of exposed root surfaces accomplishes a number of objectives: the prevention of further root exposure, decreased tooth sensitivity, reduced susceptibility to tooth decay, improved long term tooth survivability, and improved appearance.

If non-surgical therapy is found to have been unsuccessful, gingival surgery may be needed to stop progressive bone loss and to regenerate lost bone where possible. Long-term studies have shown that in moderate to advanced cases of periodontitis, surgical treatment often had less further breakdown over time and is successful in nearly halting tooth loss in close to 85% of patients.

Be aware that this type of surgery can be performed by different specialists and general dentists. Please discuss the long term results (successes and failures), side effects, experience and costs (itemized) associated with this type of procedure with any provider that is recommending surgery.