A gingivectomy is a procedure that eliminates excess gum tissue. It is usually performed when a patient has severe periodontal or gum disease. Gingivectomies are performed to remove and reshape loose, diseased gum tissue, and to reduce the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums. The procedure can also be indicated when an overgrowth of gum tissue has occurred resulting from certain health conditions, anti-seizure or hypertensive medications, or rapid orthodontic movement.
Before the procedure begins, the area to be treated is numbed using a local anesthetic. Small incisions are then made and excess gum tissue is carefully removed. Occasionally, after all areas of diseased tissue have been removed, a putty like substance is then placed over the gums. This substance is designed to protect your gums as they heal.
After the procedure, it is important to eat soft foods and drink only cool or slightly warm liquids while your gums are healing. It is vital to keep the mouth clean after the procedure. While it is important not to brush in the area where the procedure was performed for a short time following your gingivectomy, it may be possible to brush and floss the rest of the mouth. After a few weeks, the gums will be completely healed and it will be possible to resume normal brushing and flossing, though this should be done gently at first.
For more information on gingivectomy, please call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Biggerstaff or Dr. Parker. Our Kernersville office may be reached at 336-992-2123 and our Bermuda Run/ Advance Office may be reached at 336-998-3300.