A gingivectomy is a common periodontal treatment used to heal the effects of gum disease and return your smile to good health. This is done by surgically removing bacteria and dental calculus from the roots of your teeth where gum disease is present.
Although the thought of bacteria does not sound very appealing, there are several different types of bacteria forming in your mouth at any given time. These bacteria can lead to inflammation and infection in the gums, resulting in a case of gum disease. Gingivectomy also known as pocket reduction surgery works to clear out bacteria to help save your teeth and gums. Other benefits of a gingivectomy include:
- Enhances the appearance of your smile
- Halts the bone loss and progression of gum disease
- Facilitates proper oral hygiene
- Minimizes the size of periodontal pockets
- Removes diseased tissue
During this procedure, our dentists will safely administer a local anesthetic to improve your comfort. After this is done, we gently pull back the gums to remove the plaque and bacteria through a process called scaling and root planing. Once everything has been cleaned, we will apply an antimicrobial agent to target any remaining bacteria to begin the healing process. Then, your gums will be put back into place to avoid your teeth from shifting.
If you have any questions about gingivectomies in Mountain View, California, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Galina Nasakin and associates, please contact Dental Zone at 650-858-2028.