If you have gum disease that cannot be cured with antibiotics or scaling and root planning, Dr. Shelby Nelson may require you to undergo a surgical procedure, such as a gingivectomy. A gingivectomy is necessary when the gums have pulled away from the teeth, creating deep pockets. These pockets make it difficult to clean away plaque. Our periodontist will usually perform a gingivectomy before gum disease has damaged the bone supporting your teeth. A gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to do away with pockets between the teeth and gums.
Our periodontist will start this procedure by numbing your gums with a local anesthetic. She may then use a laser to remove loose gum tissue. After the removal of gum tissue, the remaining gums are reattached in and around the teeth by sutures, and the area is cleaned with saline and special rinses.
A temporary putty may also be placed over your gum line. This will protect your gums while they heal. While the putty is in place, you are able to eat soft foods and drink cool or slightly warm liquids while your gums are healing.
After a gingivectomy, it will be easier for you to keep your teeth and gums clean. To learn more about receiving a gingivectomy in Fort Worth, Texas, please contact Custom Periodontics at 817-738-2334 today!