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Dental Surgery Terms Beginning With 'G'

General dentist
The primary care dental provider, who diagnoses, treats and manages overall oral health care needs.

Gingiva
The soft tissue surrounding the base of the teeth.

Gingivectomy
The surgical removal of gum tissue.

Gingivitis
An early stage of gum disease that can be treated and reversed when diagnosed early. Its symptoms are inflamed, red, swollen and puffy gums that bleed easily when touched or brushed. If treatment is not received, it can lead to periodontitis, an advanced, non reversible and more severe stage of gum disease, which includes tooth and bone loss.

Gingivoplasty
A procedure performed by periodontists to reshape the gum tissue.

Gum recession
The exposure of dental roots due to shrinkage of gums as a result of abrasion, periodontitis or surgery.