What is Gingivectomy?

According to recent data published by the American Dental Association, over 47% of Americans over 30 years suffer from periodontal diseases, commonly referred to as gum diseases. 

Gums and the underlying bone hold the teeth in place. Their infection destroys supports which causes the tooth to become loose, and eventually, it’s lost. In some cases, scaling and root planing isn’t enough to treat gum diseases. A board-certified periodontist in Southern Delaware has to perform specific surgical procedures like gingivectomy. 

What is gingivectomy?

Gingivectomy is a periodontal surgical procedure that involves removing a portion of gingiva (gums) from in and around the teeth surface. 

At times, gum diseases like gingivitis can cause the gums to swell and enlarge in height and width around the tooth. This covers the teeth surfaces, leads to pain and discomfort. Gingivectomy removes the excess gum tissue and gives the gums a chance to heal and come back to their normal position and structure. 

What is the procedure for gingivectomy?

Gingivectomy is generally performed using a surgical scalpel; however, dental lasers and cautery can also be used. Dr. Sanz at Southern Delaware Dental Specialist will start the procedure by marking the gums after administration of local anesthesia. Next, the diseased and excessive gums will be removed, and the area will be cleaned with saline and antiseptic solutions. The remaining healthy gums will be sutured back into position and allowed to heal. At times, they will also do a thorough cleaning before the surgical procedure. Once the procedure is done, a periodontal pack will be given. Dr. Sanz will guide about post-operative care and prescribe certain antibiotics and painkillers for a healthy and uneventful recovery. 

If you notice that your gums have become enlarged and bleeding, chances are you suffer from periodontal diseases. It is imperative to get it checked at the earliest. Please contact us if you have any more questions or wish to schedule an appointment with our board-certified periodontist at Southern Delaware Dental Specialist.