Removal and Reshaping of Gum Tissue
A gingivectomy is a periodontic procedure that involves the removal or reshaping of the gum tissue (the gingiva) intended to treat specific gum issues or improve appearance. Gingivectomies often treat gum overgrowth, pocket reduction, and other similar issues.
Gum overgrowth occurs when the gums become excessively enlarged or hypertrophic. This can be caused by factors including:
- Certain medications
- Hormonal changes
Pocket reduction occurs when deep pockets form in between the gums and the teeth, allowing bacteria to accumulate which can cause further damage. Gingivectomies can be used here to remove infected gum tissue to reduce the depth of the pockets and ease oral hygiene.
What to expect during the gingivectomy procedure:
The gingivectomy procedure involves Dr. Bonomo using a scalpel to carefully remove or reshape the gum tissue. The extent of the removal depends on each patient's specific need.
After the necessary gum tissue has been removed, the area is thoroughly cleaned and then the gums are sutured back into place.
Post-Gingivectomy Care: Supporting Healing and Monitoring Progress
After the procedure, the healing process begins. Dr. Bonomo will provide detailed instructions for aftercare, including proper oral hygiene, dietary restrictions, and any required medications. Follow these instructions to reduce the risk of complications.
You will then schedule a follow-up appointment so Dr. Bonomo can monitor your progress and check for complications.