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Treating Periodontal Disease With a Gingivectomy

Even if treating tooth and gun pain makes you nervous, it’s always better to err on the side of caution if you suspect you need treatment for gum disease. The earlier you spot the warning signs and see us about your symptoms, the faster we can address the problem. Catching periodontal disease early on can also mean less invasive treatment; so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.

Delays in treatment only lead to progression of periodontal disease. The longer you wait to address the problem, the more you risk you run of encountering:

  • Severely damaged gums, teeth, and jawbones
  • More intensive treatment and procedures
  • Added expenses to cover the cost of advanced periodontal disease.

For those with advanced symptoms, a gingivectomy may be needed.

What is a Gingivectomy

When periodontal disease progresses to a state so advanced that scaling and root planing are ineffective, a gingivectomy is recommended. A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure in which the infected, inflamed gums are reduced and reshaped in order to shrink the bacteria-infested pockets that have been created around the teeth.

What Are The Steps in a Gingivectomy?

  1. A local anesthetic will be applied to the surgical site
  2. Small incisions will be made in the infected gums and excess tissue will be removed
  3. After the excess gum tissue has been trimmed and removed, a putty-like material is placed over the gums to protect them as they heal

What Should I Do After The gingivectomy?

While the putty-like material is still on the gums, it is advised that the patient only eats soft foods and drinks cold and lukewarm liquids. It is very important to keep the mouth clean and to not irritate the surgical area with tooth brushing or flossing. While it is advised to not brush or floss the surgical area, it is, however, recommended that the patient continue to brush and floss the teeth on which were not operated. Light brushing and flossing can be resumed a few weeks after the surgery procedure.

Common Concerns

We realize many people put off treatment because they are nervous it’s going to hurt. Know that your comfort is our highest priority when we take care of your teeth and gums. We provide gentle treatment in a caring, supportive environment. Before we begin treatment, we will address all of your concerns and explain procedures so you have all the information you need to feel comfortable. While treatment may cause temporary discomfort, remember that it’s nothing compared to the chronic pain of unchecked, advanced gum disease.

Columbia & Lexington Areas Periodontics

Let us help you take control of your gum health. Contact us at 803-788-0900 with questions or to schedule an appointment.