Healthy gums are crucial for the health of our teeth. If the process of periodontal inflammation, which is a widely spread condition, is not stopped, the patient will be at risk of losing even their healthy teeth. This is why inflamed gums must be taken seriously and treated as soon as possible.
Periodontal disease, as it progresses, leads to the formation of periodontal pockets. The food gets into these pockets and creates an environment for bacteria to multiple. The results of bacterial activity form a calculus, and the whole process progresses, making the pockets deeper.
How to Treat Periodontal Pockets?
First, a conservative therapy is appointed. If it doesn’t help to reduce the pockets and the process keep developing, the pocket must be removed in a surgical way. This procedure is called gingivectomy. It is an operation that removes part of the periodontal tissue. There can be several cases, which require different approaches.
Simple – only the severely damaged parts are removed.
Partial – part of the periodontal wall is removed.
Radical – the most difficult case requiring a highly skilled tooth surgeon.
Gingivectomy for Cosmetic Purposes
Gingivectomy is not only used for treating pockets. It is also widely used as a means of cosmetic dentistry. How does it work? Cutting out the excessive tissue really changes the way your smile looks. Many people are self-conscious about the so-called gummy smile or other defects of the gum line. Gingivectomy allows aligning and lengthening the crown of the tooth to improve the look of the smile.
Is Gingivectomy Available for Everyone?
As any invasive procedure, gingivectomy has its contraindications. They include:
The depth of periodontal pockets are more than 5mm
Individual shape of the gum
Connective tissue diseases
Stages of the Gingivectomy Procedure
The procedure can be performed either with the help of a laser or scalpel. In any case, antibiotic therapy as part of preparation is required. Teeth must also first undergo the procedure of professional cleansing.
The procedure requires local anesthesia. During the recovery period, the patient needs to follow certain rules of hygiene and care. After a laser gingivectomy procedure, the gum heals faster and the postop period is much shorter.
The price on gingivectomy procedure depends on the individual case and the amount of work and effort required. The laser procedure costs more, but its obvious benefits and lower risks make this price appropriate.
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