If you have been experiencing bleeding, swelling, and painful gums, there is a chance that you have gingivitis or gum disease. This is not necessarily too terrible, but needs to be taken seriously as it could develop into more. If your gingivitis has already progressed, your dentist may suggest to you gingivectomy surgery.
What is Gingivectomy Surgery?
When gingivitis becomes a problem, or you have over growth of gum tissue, your dentist may suggest that you get this surgery. It is basically the removal of the infected gum tissue. Your dentist will numb the area and then use a scalpel to cut away the gum tissue that is overgrown or infected. They will then sew it together and put it down where it needs to be to hopefully avoid this issue happening again.
Complications with Gingivectomy Surgery
Some dentists won’t suggest this aggressive step right away. There are always going to be risks of complications of any surgery. If you are particularly young and healthy, your gum tissue very well could grow back. It might not be a good idea to have a gingivectomy for that reason. If you are told that gingivectomy is not the best suggested option, you must keep extra diligent with your brushing, flossing, and rinsing to see if that helps your gingivitis go away.
Using Mouthwash to Prevent Gingivectomy Surgery
Mouthwash is an important tool in fighting gum disease, but using alcohol-based mouthwashes too frequently can become problematic. Excessive intake of alcohol is one of the predisposing factors to oral cancer, so it is important to monitor your alcohol consumption and to use mouthwash only as directed. Our office recommends the use of alcohol-free mouthwash, which is just as effective in freshening the breath as brands that contain alcohol are. This will not only help treat whatever gum disease you have, but it will prevent it from getting worse.
If you think you need gingivectomy surgery, please call our Buffalo dentists today to set up a free consultation and discuss your options.