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You’ve probably heard of gum disease, and you may even know what you should do to prevent the problem. For instance, you probably know that if you keep up your oral care, you’ll be much more likely to avoid gum disease altogether. However, as you probably know, gum disease can lead to a number of serious issues.

Fortunately, if you do have gum disease, there are a few things you can still do. For example, depending on the severity of your case, our dentist could simply recommend better at-home cleanings. Similarly, we may recommend using taking medications, if your case is severe enough.

However, another option you may need to consider is gingival surgery, which is sometimes known as gum grafting. Though this treatment is rare, it can be useful if you infections and bacteria have damaged your gums.

During gingival surgery, a dentist will essentially replace unhealthy gums with healthier gums. Please note that you will probably need pain medication after this treatment. Similarly, you’ll need to keep your mouth as clean as possible if this is the option you choose.

Luckily, even if you find yourself with gum disease, you probably won’t need to have gum grafts. If you would like to learn more about gum disease—or would like to learn more about what you can do to avoid the issue altogether—please feel free to contact Island Dental at 480-719-7941. Our entire team, including Dr. Naman B. Patel, will gladly answer any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon.