We may prescribe a gingivectomy to patients who have gingivitis, sustained a gum injury, or have bacterial infections. A gingivectomy is the surgical removal of gum tissue. We may advise is because certain gum diseases can lead to an opening at the bottom of the teeth, eventually accumulating bacteria, plaque, and tartar. In addition to using this procedure to treat diseases, we also have patients who may want to get a gingivectomy done for cosmetic reasons, modifying a smile. This procedure is called “elective gingivectomy.”
What Happens During a Gingivectomy Procedure?
We will begin with the injection of an anesthetic into the gum to numb the area. A procedure, called soft tissue incision, is performed by using either a scalpel or a laser to trim the gum tissue. Once the tissue is taken out, a laser tool will be used to remove the remaining tissue. This is followed by shaping the gumline. After this, we will put cotton-like substance at the site and bandage the affected area. Throughout the procedure, one of our professionals will keep a suction tool inside the mouth to remove excess saliva.
The Average Surgery Duration
Depending on how much tissue of the tissue we remove, we can generally require only a single visit to complete this procedure. If it includes many teeth or it requires major gum removal or reshaping, multiple visits may be necessary. If we feel that a tooth is more sensitive, it is advisable to let the tooth heal before moving onto the next one.
Usually, recovery from gingivectomy does not take too long. In some cases, pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen might be prescribed to patients to help minimize any discomfort. Post-surgery, we advise you to stay on soft food and liquids. You must also avoid smoking and food with excess sugar.
A gingivectomy can benefit a number of patients and address a myriad of dental concerns. Please contact our office today to learn more about this procedure.