One common sign of gum disease is loose gums and deep pockets between the teeth and gums. If you have developed either of these symptoms, Dr. Shefter, Dr. Fertik, and Dr. Andrew Harrell, may recommend a gingivectomy. This procedure involves removing infected, damaged, and excess tissue to help restore your natural gum line.
A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure that focuses on removing and reshaping damaged or loose gum tissue, and reducing the size of periodontal pockets. In many cases, this procedure is necessary for those who have developed severe gum disease, and when other treatments, such as scaling and root planing, have not proved effective.
Before beginning a gingivectomy, our periodontists will numb the affected area with a local anesthetic. During the procedure, our doctors will make small incisions and remove any excess or diseased tissue. The incisions are closed, and a putty-like substance will be placed over your gums to protect them during the healing process. After the surgery is complete, it is important to keep your mouth clean and avoid brushing or flossing around the surgical site. It will take a few weeks for your gums to heal completely, and our periodontists will monitor your recovery to ensure that everything goes well.
To learn whether you require a gingivectomy in Hendersonville, North Carolina, or Asheville or Brevard, we welcome you to contact Mountain Perio at (828) 693-7533, and allow our team take care of your periodontal needs.