If you have a severe case of gum disease, Dr. Ronald Watkins at AZ Implant Solutions may recommend a gingivectomy procedure to remove the diseased gum tissue. This procedure is performed when the standard scaling and root planing procedures will not be enough to get rid of the infection in the mouth. We perform the gingivectomy to remove and reshape the diseased gum tissue, and also to reduce the depth of the pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums.
How a Gingivectomy is Performed
When you are being treated for gum disease with a gingivectomy, the area is completely numbed with a local anesthetic. Dr. Watkins will make small incisions around the mouth and then excess gum tissue is removed. After all of the diseased tissue has been removed, a putty-like compound is placed over the gums. This protects the gums as they heal.
After Your Gingivectomy Procedure
After your procedure, you will need to eat only soft foods and drink cool or slightly warm liquids so that the gums heal properly with the putty in place. It is not a good idea to brush your teeth and gums in the area that was treated, but you still need to brush and floss the rest of the mouth. After a few weeks, the gums will be healed completely and you can then resume brushing and flossing. Start gently and then work your way up to your usual regimen.
Dr. Watkins can determine what type of gum disease treatment you need, and whether a gingivectomy may need to be performed to restore your teeth and gums to a healthier state. If you are showing symptoms of gum disease or are wondering what your treatment options are, call AZ Implant Solutions today for a consultation with Dr. Watkins.