Why Would I Need Gum Surgery or Cosmetic Gum Surgery Rochester?

When it comes to your teeth and gums, there may come a time when you need more than a routine cleaning or checkup. For some people, this may mean they need gum surgery. The conditions that may lead someone to seek cosmetic gum surgery Rochester differ from patient to patient. Let’s take a look at what the conditions are that may necessitate gum surgery and what the treatments entail.

What Conditions Require Cosmetic Gum Surgery?

Many people need cosmetic gum surgery secondary to gum disease. Gum disease is caused by excessive bacteria build up in the mouth known as plaque. When the plaque is left on the teeth, the gum tissue is affected.

Sometimes the bacteria between the tooth and the gum tissue results in a pocket formation. When this happens, the bacteria begins to move below the gum line. This type of gum disease can affect the tooth and lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Unfortunately, some people are more prone to gum disease even when they take good care of their teeth due to certain medications or chronic illnesses.

The symptoms of gum disease include inflammation, redness, swelling, and bone loss around the teeth. According to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 80% of all adults have some form of periodontal disease.

How Can I Benefit from Cosmetic Gum Surgery Rochester?

Cosmetic gum surgery may not prevent all future gum problems, however, it may help to reduce the risk for future issues and reduce the risk of tooth loss. The most important benefit of gum surgery is the elimination of bacteria, which can lead to infection. It’s essential to remember that untreated gum disease can lead to numerous systemic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancers, among others.

What Can I Expect with Cosmetic Gum Surgery?

Depending on the severity of your gum disease, your periodontist will recommend one of several procedures. These include:

Pocket Reduction

During this procedure, your periodontist will fold back the gums and remove the bacteria. The gum tissue will then be secured against your teeth to prevent any more pockets from forming.


This procedure involves folding back the gum and removing all the bacteria. Bone grafts, special membranes, or other tissue-stimulating proteins are then used to help your gum tissues and bone regenerate.

Crown Lengthening

Overgrown gum tissue is removed from your teeth to make them look longer. This can be done for cosmetic reasons or during restoration (such as placing a crown or a bridge over existing teeth).

Soft Tissue Graft

When gum tissue recedes, the root of the tooth gets exposed. This affects the look of your smile and can also make your teeth more sensitive to certain food and drink temperatures.

During a soft tissue graft procedure, samples of tissue from other parts of your mouth are taken and attached to your gums to replace tissue that has receded or has been removed due to gum disease. The graft will eventually blend naturally to give you a great-looking smile.

What Happens After Cosmetic Gum Surgery

After your gum surgery, your periodontist will review the best ways to take care of your teeth and gums to avoid future problems.

If you would like more information on cosmetic gum surgery, contact Dr. Zahavi at Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester at 585-685-2005. Dr. Zahavi has extensive experience when it comes to gum surgery and will advise you about the best treatment for your condition.







Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Thomas Zahavi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He completed his post-graduate periodontal education at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester in 2006.

Dr. Zahavi obtained his combined DMD and Master’s degree Summa Cum Laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997). He then pursued a speciality program in Prosthodontics (the restoration and replacement of teeth), receiving the highest honors in the residency program (2001). In 2003 he relocated with his family to the USA in pursuit of a residency program in Periodontology at the University of Rochester/ Eastman Institute for Oral Health. He was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and honored with a research fellowship from a major dental implant company. He is a Board-Certified Periodontist (USA) and Prosthodontist (Israel). His clinical experience and training in the two specialities proves to be invaluable, especially in patients requiring comprehensive periodontal and implant treatments.

Latest From Our Blog

Can I Ignore a Missing Tooth?

Can I Ignore a Missing Tooth?

Can I Ignore a Missing Tooth? A missing tooth is one of the first things people may see when they look at their smile in the mirror. Even when a tooth missing is visible, many people may still try to ignore it. But, doing so can cause health problems and may require a...

read more