Gum disease can reach a stage at which antibiotics, scaling and root planing, and other solutions cannot resolve periodontal pockets (areas of loose tissue that allow bacteria to collect). Gingivectomy may be the only solution.
Once the diseased tissue has been removed and your incisions have healed, you can begin a new chapter of oral health in your life that you can maintain with brushing, flossing, and six-month checkups.
A simple and effective procedure.
Gingivectomy can improve both the health and appearance of your smile.
What to expect during treatment...
Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area. Sedation is usually also available if you feel anxious or have difficulty sitting comfortably.
Using a laser or scalpel, the dentist will incise and remove diseased tissue.
The dentist will reposition healthy gum tissue around the tooth and may use sutures to hold it in place.
The gums typically heal within a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you must make special modifications to your brushing and flossing routine to avoid disturbing the treatment area.
What are the alternatives?
When nonsurgical treatments fail to resolve diseased gum tissue, gingivectomy is usually the only viable way of restoring periodontal health. Fortunately, modern dentistry makes the procedure virtually painless. After the procedure, you can begin a new phase of oral health care tailored to preventing the recurrence of gum disease.
If you do not attend regular checkups, or if you have symptoms of gum disease, talk to your dentist today. Gingivectomy may not be necessary yet, and with prompt attention, you may never need it.
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