What is a Gingivectomy?

Almost half of the people over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. It is a serious problem that no one should ignore. The question that most people have is how serious the problem is and what can they do about it., There are several ways to treat gum disease. One procedure that people turn to in the battle against gum disease is a gingivectomy.

Understanding the Dental Procedure

A gingivectomy involves the removal of gum tissue, also known as the gingiva, from in and around a tooth or teeth. It is a surgical procedure. The oral surgeon can use either a scalpel or lasers to perform the surgery. This allows the surgeon to remove the diseased tissue. They reattach the remaining gum tissue with stitches. Local anesthetics are the most common form of sedation for this procedure, although other forms can help patients that have a need for it. Once the stitches are in place, a surgical dressing covers the wound. The dressing stays in place for about one week.

What Does It Accomplish

The question that many have is what this procedure is able to accomplish. For anyone suffering from gum disease, the removal of the diseased tissue can help reverse the spread of the disease. It can allow the individual to prevent any further damage from gum disease and can help the gums regain their health. It is also a procedure that can help lengthen a tooth or teeth for cosmetic purposes.

The risks for a gingivectomy include bleeding and blood clots. Abscesses and infection at the surgical site can also occur. Most dentists will follow up shortly after the procedure and in three months before turning to bi-annual visits.

A gingivectomy is just one tool for fighting gum disease. Other procedures such as scaling and root planing can happen before turning to the gingivectomy.

For more information about this or other ways to fight gum disease. Contact the professionals at our office to schedule an appointment.