Gum overgowth treatment (gingivectomy)

Gum overgowth treatment (gingivectomy)

If you are suffering from periodontal disease, which cannot be cured with the use of antibiotics and deep scaling and root planning procedures, then you will require surgery for the treatment of the disease. Gingivectomy is the process by which diseased and infected gum tissues are removed or reshaped and the pockets between the gums and teeth are diminished. The gingivectomy process is initiated by using a local anesthetic to numb the gum area. The weak gum tissues can be removed by the use of laser.

When deep pockets are created by gums being pulled away from the teeth, the gingivectomy surgery becomes indispensable.  Plaque clusters in the pockets and it becomes almost impossible to clean and get rid of it. It is vital that the gingivectomy be performed before any damage has been caused to the bones.

The execution of the gingivectomy in the appropriate manner done by a professional dental hygienist or periodonist ensures that your periodontal disease ceases to continue. The gums become healthier.

After the loose gum tissues are removed, impermanent putty is placed on the gum line by the periodontist or the dental hygienist. The gums will need some time to heal and during this time the temporary putty will keep the gums protected and secure. During the healing period you will only be able to eat soft foods and drink cool or somewhat warm fluids.

Typically, it takes a few days or weeks for the gums to heal. The gingivectomy surgery is generally trouble-free and not too painful or sore. In case of pain, you can simply use pain-killers prescribed by your dental hygienist or periodonist.

If you do not have the gingivectomy done at the right time, your gum disease may cause more damage to your teeth, gum tissue and bones. You can even lose your teeth if the bones are damaged. After the surgery, it is important that you regularly brush and floss your teeth and keep them clean otherwise the gum disease will return.

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