A gingivectomy is a common procedure for addressing gum disease by removing damaged or infected gingiva (gum tissue). It is an important dental care procedure used in an effort to preserve the health of your natural teeth when gum disease has begun to affect them. Gum disease causes deep pockets in your gums that can expose tooth roots and create a viable environment for bacteria to thrive.
An experienced periodontist in Knoxville, Dr. Robert Cain may recommend a gingivectomy to restore the health and stability of your gums. A gingivectomy can treat:
- Advanced gum disease
- Pockets between the teeth and gums
- Diseased gum tissue
Laser Gingivectomy: what to expect
A gingivectomy is performed in the comfort of our office using a local anesthetic or another form of dental sedation as needed. Dr. Cain will go over all aspects of the procedure during your initial consultation so that you are well-informed on what to expect the day of and how to care for your gums afterward.
Dr. Cain uses a dental laser to perform most gingivectomy treatments for a procedure that is more accurate, less invasive and with fewer side effects.
Once you are comfortable and the area to be treated is cleaned, Dr. Cain will strategically remove the diseased or damaged gum tissue identified in your dental exam using a dental laser. Pockets are reduced to create a uniform and healthier gum line. As needed, sutures are used to reattach the gum tissue around tooth roots and to allow for a stable recovery.
Finally, a special dental putty material is often placed to hold the new gum contour in place and protect the soft tissues as they recover. Bandaging may be applied which will also prevent infection and control bleeding.
Gingivoplasty: Improving the appearance of the gums
Do you have a gummy smile? Do your gums appear uneven? Dr. Cain offers gingivoplasty as a treatment option to address a gummy smile and enhance the appearance of your teeth. This is also commonly referred to as crown lengthening although there is a range of procedures that can lengthen the tooth crown.
Using a dental laser, areas of the gum that cover portions of the crown of your teeth can be removed to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Is a gingivectomy painful?
You will be comfortable during the procedure and feel no pain with the use of a local anesthetic. Minor discomfort and swelling are common after treatment. Bleeding can also occur. An-over-the-counter pain medication can be used to manage pain after treatment. With the use of dental lasers, these side effects are minimized and the body’s natural healing process is stimulated almost immediately during the procedure.
Can I eat after a gingivectomy?
We recommend that you wait a couple of hours before trying to eat anything. We will recommend that you stick to a soft diet for several days after your procedure to minimize the risk of damaging the healing tissue, causing infections, and unnecessary pain. Dr. Cain will provide detailed instructions specific to your case and needs.
Is a gingivoplasty treatment permanent?
Yes. Gingivoplasty to correct a gummy smile is a one-and-done treatment if performed correctly by an experienced periodontist. Once gum tissue is removed from a gummy smile, you will not have to worry about it coming back. Gum tissue does not regrow.
Schedule A Dental Exam & Consultation
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your gums? Do you have deep pockets that are impacting your oral health? Even if you have been avoiding the dentist out of fear or embarrassment we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain in our Knoxville periodontist office.
Our team provides comprehensive care for your needs in a caring, compassionate manner. We make every effort to educate you on your oral health condition and treatment options. Contact our office at 865.276.7173 or request an appointment online.