What is a Gingivectomy?
A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing some of the unhealthy gum tissue that is an after effect of periodontal disease. The gingivectomy is one of the oldest forms of periodontal therapy maintenance for those who have this particular condition. Most patients who have this procedure done find it to be a success in completely putting a stop to the progression of gum disease. A full examination and series of x-rays is needed to determine if you’re a good candidate for a gingivectomy.
Why do you need a Gingivectomy?
You may be told that you need a gingivectomy if you have progressed gum disease. Because the procedure involves removing unhealthy gum tissue, it can put a complete stop on the progression of the disease so that your mouth can return to a healthy and vital state. The gingivectomy is performed in our office at the recommendation of Dr. Lori Logan. Aftercare for the procedure is minimal and the success rate of gingivectomies is quite high.
What makes you a good candidate for a Gingivectomy?
In order to be considered a viable candidate for the procedure, some of the following criteria must be met:
- You have advanced gum disease
- You have deep gingival pockets
- You are looking to put a stop to the disease’s progression
- You are a healthy adult who is able to have the surgery performed
An exam and series of x-rays as well as a consultation is required prior to the procedure. Most people who want a gingivectomy are eligible for the procedure so long as periodontal disease is present.
What happens during the procedure for a Gingivectomy?
During the gingivectomy procedure, the doctor will remove unhealthy gum tissue. This involves removing the deep gingival pockets as well as diseased tissue in and around the teeth. This helps with proper dental hygiene and maintenance after the surgery is finished. It is important that you follow all aftercare instructions to promote better healing of the gums. It is crucial that even after having the gingivectomy done, you still come into the office for routine exams and dental cleanings. Your gingivectomy can be the catalyst for a healthier and brighter smile.
If you are interested in having a gingivectomy, contact our office so that we can schedule you for a consultation at your earliest convenience.