Gingivectomy Surgery and Gingivoplasty in Buffalo, NY
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 serious issues with life-threatening consequences. If your gingivitis has already progressed to the point of no return, your dentist may recommend gingivectomy surgery or gingivoplasty. This can also be used to help reshape gums for a more aesthetic (less gummy) smile or to reshape grafted gums. Keep reading to learn more about how gingivectomy surgery can help you.
What is Gingivectomy Surgery?
When gingivitis becomes a problem, or you have over growth of gum tissue, your dentist may suggest that you get gingivectomy surgery. This type of periodontal treatment entails the removal of the infected gum tissue.
During the procedure, 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.
Some dentists won’t suggest this aggressive step right away. There are always going to be risks of complications for 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 undergo gingivectomy surgery if you fall into that category as it may heal itself with time. However, if you are told that gingivectomy surgery is not the best option for you, you must maintain extra diligence when brushing, flossing, and rinsing to help your gingivitis go away.
Can Mouthwash Help?
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.
Teach Dental Group 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.
Providing Gingivectomy Surgery For Patients Throughout WNY!
If you or someone you love is dealing with bleeding, painful, or unsightly gums and are considering gingivectomy surgery, please call our West Seneca dentists today to set up a free consultation and discuss your options. With over 40 years of experience serving patients throughout Western New York, we would love the opportunity to put a smile on your face. Contact us today to get started!
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