What Is A Gingivectomy?
A gingivectomy is used to remove loose and diseased gum tissue and to eliminate pockets between teeth and gums. This procedure is used in more severe cases of periodontal disease. It is used when more minor gum-improvement processes such as scaling and root planing are not enough.
What Is The Procedure For a Gingivectomy?
A local anesthetic will be used on the infected gum area. Once the area is numb, small incisions are made in order to remove excess gum tissue that is infected. Once the bad tissue is removed, a special substance is place over the gums to protect your gums during the healing process.
After The Procedure
Once the procedure is complete, it is crucial to stick with soft foods and cool or moderately warm liquids. You do not want to disturb the special substance that is covering the gums while they are healing. You will also want to keep your mouth clean during the healing process. You will not be able to brush in the area of the gingivectomy, but you will need to brush and floss as much as possible in the rest of the mouth. It will take several weeks for the gums to heal completely. At this time you should be able to resume brushing and flossing throughout the whole mouth. It will be important, however, to be gentle in the affected area for a while.