When a person has receding gums they can opt to have a surgery to fix the problem.
Even though it is the first treatment that a dentist may offer to fix the condition, it may not be the best one, so a person needs to do some research before deciding on a surgery.
Gum surgery for receding gums is a very major surgery and a specialist needs to be used, which can be fairly pricey.
Many people are not even aware of the fact that their gums are receding because the gums deteriorate slowly over time, so if a person catches the problem on time, there may be a way to fix it before the surgery becomes necessary.
It is also important to be aware of the fact that gums can regrow when the oral bacteria that is causing the problem is treated properly. Just as a cut finger heals and new skin grows when it is kept away from dirt and germs, the same happens to gums when the infection is subdued.
Types of surgerySome people want to have this surgery done for purely aesthetic reasons, but others need to get it done in order to save their teeth from gum disease. In the most severe cases of gum disease, when all topical remedies and antibiotics do not work, then dental surgery will be needed.
There are several kinds of surgery.
One is scaling and root planting, which is the type of surgery for receding gums that is least invasive. The goal of the surgery is to remove all traces of gum disease and bacteria so that a smooth and healthy surface can be created in order to encourage the gums to reattach to the surface of the teeth. All of the problematic materials are scraped away from the gums and teeth, the tartar, plaque and bacteria. After this, the dentist will smooth out rough and damaged areas and hope for a recovery that will lead to gums that will end up growing and covering the areas of the tooth that need to be covered.
Another option is the regenerative procedure. The difference here is that the gums will be regenerated, but also the bone loss will be healed. This is usually performed by adding topical agents that work with the body in order to quickly regrow the gums and bones.