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Treating Periodontal Disease With a Gingivectomy

Your gums are an essential part of a healthy smile because they act as the support, but not taking care of your gums can have a ripple effect that negatively affects your teeth as well. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection in your gums that will weaken your gums, wear away your jaw bone, and can eventually lead to tooth loss. Even before gum disease reaches later stages that can result in losing teeth, it can be extremely painful, which is why catching it as early as possible and getting it treated is essential if you want to make sure your smile lasts for years to come, not to mention preventing the need for more treatments.

At McKenzie Periodontics, we offer professional periodontal care that will keep your gums healthy and strong so they can continue to support an healthy smile. The treatments that we offer for gum disease varies on the stage, so we will always conduct an initial examination to determine the extent of the damage to your gums, jaw, and teeth. For more advanced stages of gum disease where significant damage has already been done, we recommend a procedure called a gingivectomy.

What is a Gingivectomy?

For earlier stages of gum disease, we often turn to procedures such as scaling and root planing, which clear the teeth of plaque and bacteria before smoothing the surface of the tooth to prevent future buildup. These treatments are used to combat infection, but are not enough if gum disease has progressed far enough.

A gingivectomy is a minor surgical procedure that involved the reduction of the inflamed gum tissue by removing it, and then reshaping the gums in order to shrink the areas where bacteria can build up around the teeth.

What Can I Expect During A Gingivectomy?

Since a gingivectomy is only a minor surgical procedure, Dr. McKenzie will apply a local anesthetic to dull any pain or discomfort during the process. Once the area has been completely numbed, a small incision is made in the infected gums and the excess infected tissue will be removed or trimmed to reduce the size of the pockets were bacteria has been gathering. Once complete, the incision is closed and covered up with a putty material to protect the gums during the healing process.

What Should I Do After The Gingivectomy?

Recovery for a gingivectomy can vary from patient to patient, but typically takes a few weeks. While you still have the putty material over the incision, make sure you follow the following guidelines

  • Eat only soft foods, cold drinks, and lukewarm liquids
  • Do not brush or floss the area that was operated on.
  • Brush and floss your other teeth to keep your mouth free from bacteria that can worsen the infection.
  • Attend your follow up appointment with us to check on your recovery progress.

After the few weeks of recovery, the incision should be healed and you can start brushing and flossing your teeth as normal.

Restore The Health Of Your Gums With McKenzie Periodontics!

Helping you maintain a healthy smile is what we specialize here at McKenzie Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, with years of experience treating patients from all over Lexington, Blythewood, Columbia, and the surrounding communities.  That’s why you can be confident that your oral health and smile are in the most capable hands with Dr. McKenzie and our team. If you’re ready to take control of your gum health, or are in need of treatment for your gum disease, contact us right away to make your appointment.. For any questions about periodontal care or gingivectomies, just reach out to us or ask us at your first appointment. We look forward to helping you pave the way to a healthier smile!