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What is a Gingivectomy?


Posted on 3/7/2022 by Dr. Janice Pliszczak
What is a Gingivectomy?Our gums can become inflamed and swollen for a variety of reasons. This condition is known as gingivitis, which can develop into periodontal disease if left untreated. Gingivectomy is a procedure we use that removes the diseased gum tissue to prevent further damage to your teeth and jawbone but may also be performed on healthy gums to achieve a particular aesthetic result.

Who Benefits from a Gingivectomy?


This procedure can benefit people suffering from a whole host of gum issues. For example, we can use it to treat gingivitis, gum recession (where the teeth appear more extended because of exposed tooth roots), or significant damage caused by periodontal disease. Gingivectomy may also be performed for cosmetic purposes, particularly if someone suffers from severe cases of “gummy smiles” due to receding lips that expose too much enamel.

What to Expect from a Gingivectomy Procedure?


During the first step of the process, we will anesthetize both your upper and lower jaw using general anesthesia before our doctor removes excess gum tissue covering the roots of healthy teeth. Following surgery, we recommend avoiding certain foods such as hard vegetables like carrots and corn on the cob until healing has been completed to avoid irritating the gums. We can also prescribe oral antibiotics to reduce your chances of developing an infection, which our doctor will regularly address until recovery is complete.

How Long Does it Take for Gingivectomy Recovery?


Gingival surgery recovery times vary depending upon each patient's needs and circumstances, but most follow-up appointments usually occur within one-week post procedure unless you are experiencing severe complications. To minimize discomfort during the healing process, we may recommend using prescription pain medications or ice packs at home following treatment to control swelling and ensure that any stitches dissolve correctly without irritating once they have been removed after five days. It typically takes around two weeks before patients return to their regular daily routine. Still, we will advise you on a case-by-case basis about what is best for your situation.

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms associated with gum diseases, such as swollen and inflamed gums, bad breath, bleeding during brushing or flossing, or loose teeth – please give our office a call today. We are experts in all gum related issues and are ready to help out whenever you need.
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