Gum Surgery

Gum Surgery services offered in San Antonio, TX

Gum Surgery

Today’s gum surgery techniques can address a wide range of oral health and aesthetic issues. Kathleen Torres, DDS, Marii Malagayo, DDS, and the team at Reality Bites Dental in San Antonio, Texas, offer gum surgery to improve the appearance of receding gums. To learn more, call Reality Bites Dental or request an appointment online today. 

Gum Surgery Q & A

What are some purposes for gum surgery?

Gum surgery is often used to refine the contouring of your gumline. For people who have gum tissue that extends far down each tooth, simple surgical alterations can create a more appealing smile. These procedures are usually done with a dental laser, which reduces bleeding and your recovery time. 

Gum surgery is often the final step in orthodontics treatment, helping to highlight your newly straight smile. 

Pinhole gum surgery is a wonderful option for people with receding gums. A form of gum grafting, pinhole surgery involves making a small, pinhole-like opening in your gums before lifting them to a new position that better covers your tooth roots. You can expect the procedure to be completed in less than an hour. 


How should I prepare for gum surgery?

As with any form of oral or general surgery, it’s important to share the full details of your personal health history with your dentist before the procedure. Include a comprehensive list of all medications and supplements you’re taking.

If you’re a smoker, one of the best things you can do to enhance your surgical experience is to find a way to quit the habit for good. Not only does smoking impede your healing progress, but it also complicates your dental and overall health. 


What is the recovery process like after gum surgery?

One of the best things about modern gum surgery is the minimally invasive tools and techniques. Recovery time is far less than in the days of scalpels and stitches when gum surgery used to require significant time away from work and other obligations. 

Expect a degree of soreness and some minimal bleeding in the days after your procedure. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. 

Your dentist provides detailed instructions on how to care for your gums in the days and weeks following your treatment. Adhering to these guidelines is the best way to ease your recovery process. 


For more information about gum surgery and what to expect, reach out to Reality Bites Dental to book a one-on-one consultation. You can contact the office by phone during normal business hours or via the online booking feature 24 hours a day

what to expect


Exam and Diagnosis

The team at Reality Bites Dental will examine your mouth and take digital x-rays to diagnose your gum disease. This will help us determine the extent of damage to your jaw, gums, and teeth.

Custom Treatment Plan

After reviewing your health and lifestyle behaviors, we will recommend a treatment plan that will halt or even reverse your gum disease, and allow you to restore your gum health.

Gum Disease Treatment

With treatments like scaling & root planing (deep cleaning), laser therapy, and more, our team will help you treat your gum disease and teach you healthy habits to preserve your oral health.
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