Three Ways Your Gums Become Damaged Enough To Require Surgery

Posted on: 16 June 2018

Gingiva, or gum tissue, exists within a very precarious spot: the human mouth. With all the bacteria that float around in the human mouth, it is a wonder that humans do not need more surgical intervention to prevent major tooth loss. That does not even include the damage to your gums caused by outside forces. As the following three examples will show, you will need gum surgery treatment services if any of these situations occur to your own gums.


It is said that an Egyptian queen, Hatshepsut, died of an abscess. Had there been an ancient oral surgeon with today's knowledge and skills, Hatshepsut would have lived a few years longer, dying of diabetes or some other disease. Today, abscesses are rare, but they can still happen.

Maybe you had a nasty sinus infection that traveled south to settle in a pocket near the root of a tooth. Maybe you are terrified of dentists, but the thought of dying from something easily treated terrified you more.

Whatever the cause and final reason for visiting your dentist, the fact remains that you will need surgery. The dentist will insert a needle to drain the pus and then try to irrigate and clean the area so that new pus does not develop or collect.

Brutal Assault or Horrendous Car Accident

Any event that applies enough force to your mouth will damage gum tissue enough to necessitate surgery. From wiring your mouth shut to heal all of the damage to sewing every individual tear in the tissue closed, these measures must be taken to ensure that your mouth returns to normal. You will spend several weeks on a liquid diet during this time as well.

Detached Gums as the Result of Too Much Plaque

When plaque builds up on your teeth excessively, it becomes extremely hard. It pushes your gums out of the way and eventually detaches them from the roots of your teeth. Your dentist needs to perform a deep cleaning, known as scaling and root planing.

It can be quite painful, which is why your dentist will suggest sedation for the procedure. This is especially true if many or most of your teeth have to be scaled and planed. After the procedure, your gums are able to reattach themselves to the teeth roots without further attention, but you will need to work a little bit harder on good oral hygiene practices.