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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.

Fortunately, even if your gum disease is severe, there may be something you can do. You see, if the damage to your gums is extreme enough, our team may recommend gingival surgery—which is sometimes known as gum grafting. Though this treatment is fairly uncommon, it may be your best option for dealing with serious damage.

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.

Fortunately, if you have gum disease, you probably won’t need gum grafts. In fact, our team will usually be able to provide you with a more common solution. If you are worried about the health of your mouth, please don’t hesitate to give Valerie A. Foster, DMD, PC a call at 503.649.7011. Dr. Valerie Foster and our team will gladly answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.