Combating Gum Disease With Gingivectomy
What Is Gingivectomy Surgery?
A gingivectomy is a procedure to remove a portion of the gum tissue from around a tooth or teeth. It may be performed to heal the effects of periodontal disease or to correct overgrown gingiva. It is one of the few procedures that can help reverse periodontal issues. A similar procedure is a gingivoplasty, which only partially removes a section of gum tissue rather than the entire section.
How Are Gingivectomies Performed?
These surgeries are typically completed with a surgical scalpel, though in some cases a low-frequency laser is used. The diseased gum tissue is trimmed and removed, and then the remaining tissue is reattached around the teeth with stitches, then carefully cleaned. A local anesthetic keeps the patient comfortable during the procedure. The recovery process typically takes less than a month.
Ask Dr. Cavaness If Gingivectomy Is Right For you
If you struggle with overgrown gum tissue or gum disease, a gingivectomy might be the solution to get your oral health back where it should be. Give us a call at (907) 274-4746 or send us a email to schedule an appointment so that Dr. Cavaness can determine the best option for you.