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Dentist with smiling patient sitting in dental chair looking up into handheld mirrorPeriodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the oral cavity. It can cause numerous other issues like gum infection, tooth loss, loose dentures, chewing problems, and bad breath.

This infection needs timely treatment, and if not paid attention to on time, the infection can spread into the bloodstream and lead to other health issues. There are two ways of treating periodontal disease. If diagnosed in the early stages, the infection is treated through non-surgical treatment options. These include scaling and root planing.

If the infection advances, surgical treatment methods are opted. These include gingivectomy, pocket reduction surgery, and bone grafting.

A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure, which involves the removal of gum tissue for various reasons. When it comes to periodontal disease, a gingivectomy is performed to avoid any further spreading of the infection and for easy access to cleaning an individual's teeth.

What is a Gingivectomy?

When grappling with gum disease, a dentist might recommend a gingivectomy, a procedure that entails removing excess gum tissues to prevent future damage. Beyond addressing health concerns, individuals may opt for this procedure for cosmetic reasons, such as enhancing their smile. Periodontists often detect gum infections during routine checkups, advising patients to undergo gingivectomy to prevent further damage to the tooth bone. The benefits extend to improved visibility and accessibility of the teeth, facilitating easier cleaning, enhanced gingival healing, and prevention of plaque formation.

Who Can Undergo a Gingivectomy Procedure?

Gingivectomy is a viable option for anyone dealing with gum disease, including those with gingivitis or periodontitis. Individuals experiencing gum pockets pulling away or seeking to address a "gummy smile" may also consider this procedure. Additionally, it proves beneficial for correcting tooth malposition, accommodating braces or other dental appliances. Consulting a periodontist is advisable, especially in cases where gum overgrowth is influenced by medication.

How Long Does a Gingivectomy Procedure Take?

The duration of a gingivectomy depends on the extent of gum overgrowth. Typically, the procedure lasts between 30 to 60 minutes, with an extension in time for cases involving multiple teeth.

Our periodontist will first anesthetize the area needing a gingivectomy. The extra gum tissue is then removed using tools like a scalpel or a laser. During the procedure, a suction tool is kept in the mouth to remove excess saliva.

After the tissue has been removed, another laser tool is used to vaporize the gum tissue and shape it. A soft putty-like material is then placed over the gums, allowing them to heal and to protect them.

What Happens After a Gingivectomy Procedure?

Gingivectomy is an outpatient service, allowing patients to return home the same day without the need for admission. Post-procedure, we will provide you with guidance on caring for the gums to facilitate optimal healing and recovery. Full recovery typically takes about one week.

Gingivectomy at Willamette Valley Periodontics

If you're contending with overgrown gums, contact Willamette Valley Periodontics at (971) 261-1926. We will be happy to schedule you for an assessment to determine whether gingivectomy is the most suitable option for your case.

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