For patients that are diagnosed with gum disease, or periodontis, that cannot be easily treated with root planning and scaling, a gingivectomy can be used to remove affected tissue and prevent bone damage, reduce the likelihood of oral systemic health problems and stop the spread of periodontal disease and oral infection.
The surgical process is a fairly straightforward procedure that is painless through the use of a local anesthetic. The affected gum tissue can be removed manually or through the use of a laser. Once the surgical removal process in completed, your gums will be coated with a specialized putty that protects them as they heal and enables you eat during your initial recovery. Normal activities, diet and care can resume in just a few short days or weeks based on your unique case. Following your gingivectomy, the appearance of your gums may change slightly, but you can expect them to return to a healthy pink color. With proper care, your gingivectomy will allow you to preserve your smile and periodontal health.