You visit your dentist and learn you have gum disease. You either have gingivitis or periodontitis which are common now. You’re told that your best course of action is to undergo a gingivectomy. This means that medication and other procedures such as scaling have been considered. However, these will not improve your gums’ health.
A gingivectomy is not as complicated as you think! Our dental team, led by Dr. Gerald Regni, Jr., is more than capable of performing this procedure. It’s one of our conventional periodontal treatments for gum disease. A gingivectomy is also considered for cosmetic purposes. However, we don’t recommend it as other procedures can achieve the same results.
Bacteria produce plaque and tartar which form in spaces between teeth and gums. These spaces are known as pockets. Plaque and tartar harden and cause infection which leads to gum disease. Hardened plaque, called calculus, can’t be removed by brushing and flossing. This causes your gums to recede which loosen their hold on your teeth. Your gums become swollen and tender to your touch. When you brush your teeth, there’s bleeding. With these symptoms, you most likely have gingivitis. If your gums remain untreated, you will lose gum tissue and soon your teeth.
If a gingivectomy is recommended, our dental team will walk you through the steps involved in the procedure. We want you to be well-informed and put your mind at ease before any treatment is done.
Also known as periodontal flap surgery, a gingivectomy usually takes an hour or more. It really depends on how much of your gums are infected.
First, a local anesthetic will be administered to your gums. You will be asked if you still have feeling left in your mouth. Once the area is numb, the dentist makes an incision on the affected gums to expose both teeth and bone. Unhealthy gum tissue is removed to prevent more infection. Pockets are reduced in size if not completely eliminated. Teeth surfaces are cleaned and antimicrobics are applied to affected areas. Your gums are then reformed and sutured for faster healing.
A gingivectomy sounds intricate but after surgery, you can resume your regular daily activities. It’s best though to take the rest of the day off. Once the anesthetic wears off, you’ll experience some pain. Our dentists will prescribe you ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Your gums and teeth will feel sensitive in the weeks to come. We will advise you on what food and drink to avoid while your gums are healing. For sure, we will tell you to steer clear of hot and cold beverages. We may also suggest that you refrain from any strenuous activities for the next few days after surgery.
Our relationship with you will not end once your surgery is done. You can count on this! We will be closely monitoring your healing process until your gums and teeth have fully recovered. We will ask you to visit us from time to time so we can evaluate your progress. At our dental office we strive to speed up your recovery and make every effort to prevent a recurrence of gum disease. This is our commitment to you!
Do not delay treatment if you have gum disease. If you want to know more about gingivectomy call us at 215-351-9399. If you can, visit our office and you can spend enough time for discussion with our team. Your dental health will be in the hands of tried and true experts so you have nothing to worry about! If you want to know more about us, give us a call at 215-351-9399.