Gingivectomy in Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Reshape Your Gum Tissue and Control Gum Disease
When gums separate from tooth roots due to periodontal disease, it may be necessary to remove the diseased tissue to prevent further infection. This procedure is usually considered only if the gum disease doesn’t improve sufficiently with non-surgical treatments. Gingivectomy removes infected tissue and eliminates the periodontal pockets where bacteria thrive. The gums are reshaped into a natural-looking, healthy position. Gingivectomy is best performed by a periodontist, a specialist in gum health. Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry offers gingivectomy in Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA.
The Surgical Solution to Gum Disease
A gingivectomy can be performed to remove infected and diseased tissue and eliminate the periodontal pockets where bacteria thrive. Gingivectomy is the process of removing the inflamed and infected gum tissues that create the pockets around tooth roots. Once these pockets are eliminated, infection can be controlled.
The Gingivectomy Procedure
A gingivectomy is performed using local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. A careful examination is performed to identify diseased tissue. The goal is to remove enough to prevent continued infection, but no more than necessary. A series of small incisions will be made to remove diseased tissue and ensure that the remaining tissue is fitted properly around the teeth.
Bone in the affected areas may also need to be removed or repositioned depending on the progression of the disease, and in severe cases a gum graft or bone graft following the gingivectomy may be recommended to help regenerate healthy supporting structures around the teeth.
After your gingivectomy
The gums will be covered with a soft, putty like substance to speed healing, and antibiotics may be prescribed to help prevent infection. Pain medication will be provided if discomfort is extreme. It is advisable to:
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid foods that are very hot or very cold
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods
- Avoid tobacco
- Keep the area clean
If gums become overgrown because of medication, other medical conditions, or genetics, un uneven or “gummy” appearance may cause concern. While not medically necessary, a cosmetic gingivectomy, crown lengthening, or gum lift can be performed to restore a more natural look.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.