Periodontal Surgery Santa Monica CA

Gum Surgery An Overview

There are several types of gum surgery that can be used to address a range of dental concerns that affect the health and integrity of the gums. Gum health is essential for supporting the teeth and the overall function of the bite.

Dr. Dall’Olmo is a highly trained Santa Monica periodontist who provides effective, conservative, and high-quality dental care. With over 20 years of experience and advanced training in oral surgery, Dr. Dall’Olmo delivers predictable and natural results that enhance and maintain the natural function and aesthetics of the smile.

Using modern dental techniques and equipment, Dr. Dall’Olmo sets his practice apart through his personable, relationship-based practice. Our entire dental care team works to build patient-dentist relationships based on honest-open communication.

Dr. Dall'Olmo (alias Dr. D.) is the BOMB!!! I've been a patient of his for over a decade and wouldn't go to anyone else. He is the BEST of the BEST and everyone in his office is wonderful! I always…Cyndy L.
... My recent gum graft surgery... 2 surgeries actually. The first was so great, I came in for another ;) jk. All jokes aside, the doctor and his staff are competent, professional, patient and accommodating. This all makes for a…Jose B.
Absolutely incredible oral surgeon. Highly recommend. I went to so many places before finally choosing this office, and had the hardest time with all the other doctors. Then I met him, and he put me and my worries at ease.…Diana P.
I have had several AMAZING experiences with Doctor Fabrizio Dall'Olmo and his staff. They're all truly so wonderful, kind, friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and just the BEST of the best. I have yet to encounter a group like this, so grateful…Jessica M.

Gum Surgery What to Expect

Dr. Dall’Olmo provides gum grafting and bone grafting periodontal surgeries for the treatment of periodontal disease. For patients with advanced gum disease, gum surgery may be necessary to fully restore the health of the gums and support long-term oral health.

Gum recession and bone deterioration are both side effects of advanced gum disease. As the gums become inflamed, they separate from the teeth and begin to recede. Receding gums lead to tooth loss, and without the support of all of the teeth, the jaw bone becomes susceptible to deterioration and changes in the facial structure. Gum disease can also allow the bacteria to create pockets in the bone, weakening the structure.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafts are often used to cover exposed roots due to gum recession caused by periodontal disease. Dr. Dall’Olmo will remove the skin from the roof of the mouth and use it to extend the gum line. Tissue can also be harvested from a donor, depending on the patient’s oral health.

Gum grafts prevent further gum recession as well as future bone loss. Gum grafts can improve the integrity of the teeth, and many patients enjoy improved aesthetics.

Bone Grafting

When left untreated, periodontal disease can damage the jaw bone. The compromised bone can begin to recede, leaving the face looking sunken or withdrawn. The jaw bone is essential in maintaining the structure of the lower face and the function of the bite. Patients with bone loss become highly susceptible to tooth loss and can also lose the ability to eat and speak normally.

The Bone grafting procedure will be completed in the comfort of our Santa Monica, CA dentist office. First, Dr. Dall’Olmo will thoroughly clean all disease-causing bacteria from the bone. Then, bone grafts and or tissue-stimulating proteins will be attached to the bone to stimulate the natural regeneration of the bone structure.

Laser Gum Surgery

At our office, we utilize a soft tissue laser to perform some surgical gum procedures. Lasers treat severe gum disease cases and gummy smiles. These lasers are designed to specifically target any diseased or inflamed tissue. This precise treatment offering eliminates danger to any of the healthy gum tissue in your mouth.

Laser gum treatment is ideal because it sterilizes and cauterizes as it goes. Because of this, there’s less worry of infection, and you don’t need to get sutures. There’s less bleeding, and the area will heal faster because the laser prompts the gum tissue’s natural regeneration response. We’ll talk to you and determine whether laser treatment can take care of your gum concerns.

Gum Surgery FAQs

Is gum surgery painful?

Dr. Dall’Olmo offers sedation dentistry treatment options for patients’ ultimate comfort. A certified IV sedation dentist, Dr. Dall’Olmo offers safe and effective options for sedation dentistry. Sedation options will be discussed prior to treatment and will be chosen based on the overall and oral health of the individual patient.

Is gum surgery a permanent treatment?

With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist office, the results of gum surgery should last for many years. Dr. Dall’Olmo will outline the necessary maintenance guidelines that will provide you with your best, long-term results.

When can I eat after periodontal surgery?

After your surgery, your periodontist will recommend that you have a liquid diet. Milkshakes, ice cream, yogurt, and pudding are all good options. Furthermore, for the next two weeks after your surgery, you should have a very soft food diet. Obviously, you want to avoid all hard, spicy, crusty, and acidic foods. You should also do your best to chew on the opposite side of the surgical site.

How can I avoid gum surgery?

There are a few things you can do to avoid gum surgery. First, make sure to brush your teeth and floss regularly. This will help keep your gums healthy and free of plaque and bacteria. You should also see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If your dentist notices that you have gum disease, they may recommend surgery to treat it.

Can I talk after gum surgery?

Yes. You should be able to speak just fine after gum surgery. However, you may experience some soreness and swelling in your mouth, which may make it difficult to speak clearly.

Dr. Fabrizio Dall'Olmo

Why choose Dr. Fabrizio Dall'Olmo and Associates?

Dr. Fabrizio Dall’Olmo is a leading Santa Monica CA dentist for the preservation of the your natural smile through Bio-Emulative dentistry. Founded in the biologic concepts associated with both periodontics and implants dentistry, Bio-Emulative dental care focuses on the long term maintenance of your natural oral structure, from the integrity of the teeth to healthy gum tissue.

We welcome patients and families seeking personalized, comprehensive oral health care that is based on respect, communication and education about how to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. We also welcome patients that need other dental services that we offer.