Gingivectomy and gingivoplasty
If you want your gums to have a nicer appearance, gingivectomy and gingivoplasty are very common procedures. These are minor surgical procedures used to remove overgrown gum tissue and reshape the gingiva for an improved smile or to treat periodontal disease.
Make an appointment if you would like to know more about these interventions. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have.
Both your dentist and your hygienist assess your dental health so that they can recommend the best approach in the event that you develop periodontal disease. The treatment is determined according to the illness classification and range of severity.
Periodontal disease progresses when the gingival sulcus between a tooth and the gum fills with bacteria, plaque and tartar. Severe affection to the adjacent tissues and serious damage to the gums and supporting bones can occur when these irritants remain under the gumline.
When the disease is intercepted at an early stage (gingivitis) and no harm is found, 1 to 2 professional cleanings will be prescribed to remove plaque and tartar. Then, strict oral care at home will be advised to maintain good dental hygiene.
Periodontal curettage (scaling and root planing) is recommended when the disease progresses to a more advanced stage. Also called deep cleaning, this method removes tartar, plaque and toxins from the gums. Surfacing involves smoothing the outer layer of a tooth. This procedure is performed on a numbed area, one quadrant at a time. The curettage allows the narrowing of the periodontal pockets as well as the healing of the gum. To speed up the treatment, medication, medicated mouthwash and the use of an electric toothbrush may be recommended.
Periodontal surgery may be required when the periodontal pockets do not heal well following curettage. This procedure involves reducing the depth of the pockets to facilitate cleaning of the teeth.
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