Gum disease is a damaging problem that leads to gum recession, deep gum pockets, and chronic gum pain. Our offices can perform a gingivectomy for patients with severe gum disease. This treatment benefits patients with gum disease who do not respond to scaling, root planing, or other gum procedures. A gingivectomy in our Concord or Lexington, MA offices removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue. They also reduce the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums.
Dr. Ancy Verdier, Dr. Mariam Khan, and Dr. Jennifer Chang Sullivan can provide additional gum treatment to new and existing patients in Concord or Lexington, MA.
When Do You Need a Gingivectomy?
Gum disease is a progressive problem that begins with gum inflammation. What starts as irritated and tender gums can quickly morph into gum recession and loose teeth.
Once you develop moderate to severe gum disease, you can experience:
- Chronic gum pain
- Deep gum pockets
- Chronic bad breath
It can be difficult to remove bacteria from these pockets yourself. Visiting the dentist for deep cleanings can help remove these bacteria. If that isn’t enough, you will need surgery to remove infected gum tissue. Removing this tissue will help heal the gums.
Gingivectomy in Lexington, MA
Before the procedure begins, we completely numb the treated area using a local anesthetic. This ensures you will not feel any pain during treatment.
We make small incisions to remove diseased gum tissue carefully. After we remove the diseased tissue, we stitch the healthy gum tissue back into place. Then, we place a putty-like substance over the gums. This substance is designed to protect your gums as they heal.
A gingivectomy can take thirty to sixty minutes. After treatment, we place a surgical dressing to help protect your treated gums. This dressing will stay in place for a week after treatment.
Your gums will not grow back. If you need healthy gum tissue, we will recommend grafting. Grafting brings healthy gum tissue to areas of gum recession. New gum tissue can also help protect the tooth roots.
Post-Op Gum Care
You will feel some discomfort after your surgery. This is normal, and we will provide you with pain medication to help as you heal. Treating inflamed and irritated gums will naturally lead to minor sensitivity and bleeding.
After the procedure, eat only soft foods and drink cool or slightly warm liquids while the putty is in place and your gums heal. Foods and drinks that are too hot or cold can increase sensitivity. If you experience inflammation, apply a cold compress to your cheek for fifteen minutes.
You can clean your teeth and gums after your treatment. At first, you should not brush or floss in the treated area. However, you can gently brush and floss the rest of the mouth. After a few weeks, the gums will heal completely. Then, after that time, you can resume brushing and flossing, though this should be done gently.
We recommend using an antibacterial rinse to prevent reinfection. A non-alcohol mouthwash or rinse will help improve your gum health.
Can a Gingivectomy Treat a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile is a smile that has excessive gum tissue that makes teeth seem smaller than they are. A dentist can contour the gum tissue with a gingivectomy to treat a gummy smile. This shows more of the natural tooth to create a more balanced look.
A gummy smile is a cosmetic gum problem. Treating excess gum tissue can help increase your confidence in your smile and motivate you to care for your oral health.
Call Our Dental Office
Address gum disease and reverse symptoms with a gingivectomy in our Lexington and Concord, MA offices. Contact our Concord dental office today at 978.391.6081. You may also call our Lexington office at 781.384.5892. If you have gum disease but are unsure what treatment is right for you, contact our office. We will help you find the right treatment to meet your needs.