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Gingivectomies in the Red Deer Area, Alberta

Has your dentist advised you to schedule a gingivectomy? Whether you need periodontal surgery for aesthetic or health reasons, we know you want to understand as much as possible about the procedure beforehand. Rest assured, a gingivectomy is a low-risk, standard oral operation to restore your dental health. Here’s an overview of how to prepare for gum pocket reduction surgery.

Periodontal Surgery in Blackfalds and Rimbey

During a gingivectomy, the dentist removes part of the gums around a tooth to treat severe gum disease or reduce overgrown gums. Periodontal surgery is typically for patients with periodontitis or gingivitis. In these cases, parts of the gum have excessive plaque buildup and “gum pockets,” which cause the gum to become infected. Removing this inflamed gum tissue through pocket reduction surgery helps heal the effects of severe gum disease.

Do You Need Gum Pocket Reduction Surgery?

If you have gingivitis, periodontitis or any form of periodontal disease, you may need a gingivectomy. Severe gum disease affects your oral and overall health more than you may think. Bacteria develop into plaque and then harden into tartar and calculus at the gum line — which a regular cleaning cannot remove.

If left untreated, inflamed gums will infect the bone structure and surrounding tissue of the mouth. The gums separate from the teeth and form “gum pockets” that collect even more bacteria. Over time, patients can suffer from tooth decay and tooth loss due to severe gum disease. Periodontal surgery can help reduce gum pockets, clear up tartar and calculus, prevent tooth loss and restore healthy gums.

The Gingivectomy Procedure at Alpen Dental

Since the severity of gum disease can vary, your dentist may use several methods to perform your gum pocket reduction surgery. Here is a step-by-step look at how a dentist performs a periodontal surgery procedure:

  1. Administers local anaesthesia or IV sedation with the utmost care.
  2. Lifts gum tissue in the pocket area away from the root.
  3. Uses a scalpel or laser to remove inflamed or diseased tissue around the pocket.
  4. Reattaches the healthy gum tissue around the teeth, with stitches if necessary.
  5. Removes any tartar buildup or deep plaque.
  6. Cleans area with sterile saline solution and may bandage it with a periodontal pack.

Gingivectomy Preparation and Recovery

Before a pocket reduction procedure, your dentist may recommend and perform gingival scaling and root planing to eliminate plaque buildup. You will have a consultation with your dentist to check for infections and discuss the benefits and risk factors of a gingivectomy.

After periodontal surgery, you will keep the periodontal pack or surgical dressing on for about a week to promote tissue healing. Your dentist will most likely prescribe pain medication and recommend the following guidelines for optimal recovery:

  • Use antiseptic mouthwash to prevent infection
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and smoking
  • Eat soft foods in the first few days

Most patients experience swelling, bleeding, pain and sensitivity — which improve as your gums heal. You’ll have a follow-up appointment with your dentist one to two weeks after the procedure.

Alpen Dental Helps Treat Severe Gum Disease in the Red Deer Area

Let Alpen Dental help guide you through the process of restoring your dental health. We serve the Red Deer, Blackfalds and Rimbey communities with comprehensive dental procedures done by our team of compassionate general dentists.

To learn more about our services, contact us online. To book a gingivectomy consultation, schedule an appointment at our Blackfalds office or our Rimbey location.