Friday, August 23, 2019

Do I Need a Gingivectomy?

Healthy gum tissue is pink in color, cushions and stabilizes the teeth, and curves in a natural arch around the tooth crowns. If gums become damaged or diseased, their appearance will change, as well as how they snugly they fit around the teeth. Bleeding gums, gum recession, and loose teeth are all signs that you may be suffering from gingivitis, or the first stage of gum disease. If these symptoms are left to progress, a gingivectomyperformed by our periodontist in Lafayette, LA, will be necessary to restore the health of the gum tissue.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a chronic infection of the gum tissue caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth above and below the gun line. If not removed, the bacteria will infect the soft tissue, causing irritation and inflammation that can lead to swelling and bleeding of the gums. Without treatment or maintenance, gum disease progresses until teeth become loose or fall out and it interferes with systemic health. Recent studies show that advanced gum disease can cause complications with systemic issues like diabetes, heart disease, and even stroke.

How is a gingivectomy performed?

The purpose of a gingivectomy is to remove the diseased gum tissue and tartar buildup from the teeth, and to reduce the depth of the periodontal pockets between the teeth. After an incision is made in the gums, they are gently lifted back to expose the tooth roots, which are thoroughly cleaned. Infected gum tissue is cut away, the area is sanitized and the gums are sutured back in place.

What are the benefits of a gingivectomy?

Most patients who have had a gingivectomy see a great improvement in the health of their gums and the appearance of their smile. With disease thoroughly removed from the gums and teeth, chances of future infection are significantly reduced. Teeth are stabilized and the pocket depth of the gums is greatly improved. Without the presence of disease, oral health improves, as well as overall health.

If you have gum disease, a gingivectomy may be your next step toward a healthy smile. Dr. James Finley, our periodontist in Lafayette, LA, is specialized in diagnosing and treating gum disease, as well as providing traditional and laser dentistry treatment options for his patients. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

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