A gingivectomy can sound intimidating. That’s the impression we get from many of our patients at All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ. Gingivectomy is a dental procedure that involves removing a portion of a person’s gum. This is often required to treat severe gum infections or improve the appearance of certain teeth. It sounds scary, but it’s an important procedure that we can successfully perform here at All Smiles Dental Care.
Our team of dentists has training doing gingivectomies. They’ve done it countless times before so they’re equipped with experience too. Rest assured that we’ll explain everything to you and what to expect before the procedure. We will also explain why we think this procedure is useful in your situation.
A gingivectomy entails the removal of gum, and this can be done using a scalpel or a laser. We prefer to use a laser in almost all cases because it’s less invasive. The diseased or affected gum tissue is carefully removed then the remaining tissue is sutured around the patient’s teeth.
One of our priorities is to make patients as comfortable as possible during the procedure. That’s why we’ll inject local anesthesia, so you don’t feel a thing. The only sensation you might feel is pressure. Once we’re done, we’ll rinse the area with saline and certain chemicals available here at All Smiles Dental Care.
After the procedure, we’ll cover the area with surgical dressing. The dressing should remain in place for about a week to accelerate healing. We advise using an antibacterial mouthwash during that week to prevent infections.
Within a month, you’ll be able to return to your normal routine. We’ll still need to see you frequently to clean the surgical site and make sure everything is fine. How often these visits will be will depend on when you had the procedure. Those who had it a year ago will have to come in less frequently than those who had it a month ago.
We’d be glad to answer any questions you might have before or after the procedure.