A gingivectomy is a simple surgical procedure that is performed to address oral health concerns, to provide accessibility to remove damaging calculus, or for cosmetic purposes.
A gingivectomy is the removal surgically of gingiva, or gum tissue. A gingivectomy is needed when your gums have pulled away from your teeth creating pockets. These pockets make it increasingly difficult to remove the plaque and calculus. A gingivectomy should be done before the gum disease has caused damage to the bone supporting the teeth. The procedure involves removing loose, diseased gum tissue to eliminate the pockets between the teeth and gums. By removing the pocket walls, a gingivectomy then provides visibility and accessibility to remove plaque and calculus from the tooth below the surface. This creates a positive environment for the healing and restoration of the gum tissue.
The entire team at Missouri River Dental is committed to providing a patient experience unlike any other. The foundation of that philosophy is our personable and professional staff. We collectively strive to blend technology, art, and healthcare for each patient. Our goal is to provide you with an individualized patient experience unlike any other you have had at a dental office. We strive to create a positive and comfortable atmosphere for our patients while still meeting their dental needs, wishes, and exceeding expectations. Call us today at 701-751-7177 or enter your request online to schedule an appointment for your evaluation regarding the benefits of a gingivectomy procedure for you. You can conveniently find Missouri River Dental at 1600 Uptown Lane, Bismarck, ND, 58503.
A gingivectomy is a simple surgical procedure that is performed to address oral health concerns, to provide accessibility to remove damaging calculus, or for cosmetic purposes. Much like crown lengthening, a gingivectomy does not require the removal of any bone. A gingivectomy involves the removal of a portion of gum tissue around the tooth, usually to correct gum disease.
If the team at Missouri River Dental has recommended you have a gingivectomy to address your gum disease, it is important to schedule the treatment soon. If left untreated, the gum disease can quickly accelerate and cause even more issues to develop, including the deterioration of your jawbone, and the loss of teeth. In addition to these oral health concerns, a number of studies have found a correlation between the chronic inflammation of your gums and systemic inflammation, which then increases your risk of developing serious health issues, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia, heart disease, or a stroke.
The Gingivectomy Procedure
The gingivectomy procedure can be performed with a surgical scalpel or a low-frequency laser. Prior to your procedure, Missouri River Dental will administer a local anesthetic to numb the immediate area and ensure that you experience no discomfort. Next, we conduct a thorough examination to identify the diseased tissue and make sure the proper amount of tissue is removed. Once this has been pinpointed, the diseased tissue will be removed with small incisions. Once the diseased tissue has been removed, the gums will be reattached and the area will be cleaned, and bandages will be placed on the area for protection. If a laser is used it is much easier and cleaner to complete the treatment. Following this, your gingivectomy will be complete.
The Benefits of a Gingivectomy
There is an assortment of benefits you will enjoy after having a gingivectomy performed, including the following:
- A gingivectomy will remove diseased gum tissue.
- Aesthetically it will improve the appearance of your smile and elevate your self-confidence and self-esteem.
- A gum lift will reduce the depth of damaging gum pockets.
- It can improve your ability to practice and maintain proper hygiene making it easier.
- The procedure treats periodontitis.
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Following your gingivectomy, it is important to try to limit physical activity for the next three days. You may experience some mild discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. This can usually be managed by an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. In more severe cases a medication might be prescribed, which can be taken in conjunction with the NSAID analgesic. It is also common to encounter some swelling after your gingivectomy, especially with the lower jaw. This can be treated with ice packs and in combination with an NSAID analgesic.
Once you have completed your recovery, you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment with Missouri River Dental to confirm the outcome was successful. If your gingivectomy was done to address periodontal disease, it is crucial to address why this procedure was necessary to begin with. It is imperative you continue practicing your good daily oral hygiene practices. Brush and floss twice daily, and schedule regular visits to Missouri River Dental to ensure that your teeth receive regular professional cleanings, which will reduce your risk of developing further any gingivitis or periodontitis.
The Cost of Your Gingivectomy
The cost of your gingivectomy will vary depending on your individual needs and your treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options at your initial exam, so that you can make the best choice for your situation. If the procedure is necessary for health reasons your insurance plan will be reviewed and contacted to address their participation in coverage.
Your smile is an invaluable asset, and Missouri River Dental wants to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it.
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Missouri River Dental provides you with a clean, comfortable, and modern feel. Our team goal is to provide you with the best possible care utilizing the most current dental technologies and services. The entire team at Missouri River Dental focuses on providing comprehensive, quality oral health care that is always centered on you, our patient. We appreciate the value of your time. That is why we are flexible with our hours of operation; open early, open late, and open Saturdays. Call us now at 701-751-7177 or make your appointment online for your personal evaluation and consultation regarding the benefits of a possible gingivectomy treatment for you. Our office is located at 1600 Uptown Lane, Bismarck, ND, 58503.