Gingivectomy is a dental procedure and one of the oldest surgical approaches in periodontal therapy. A common aesthetic reason for gingivectomy is a gummy smile due to gingival overgrowth and is usually done for improvement of aesthetics or prognosis of teeth.
By removing the pocket wall, gingivectomy provides visibility and accessibility for complete calculus removal and thorough smoothing of the roots, creating a favorable environment for gingival healing and restoration of a physiologic gingival contour. The procedure may also be carried out so that access to sub-gingival caries or crown margins is allowed.
Gum disease IS SURPRISINGLY COMMON AMONG AMERICANS.
September 4, 2012—One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A study titled Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent. This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Research has also shown that periodontal disease is associated with other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The AAP has worked closely with CDC since 2003 on periodontal disease surveillance.
The findings are based on data collected as part of CDC’s 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The 2009-2010 NHANES included for the first time a full-mouth periodontal examination to assess for mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis, making it the most comprehensive survey of periodontal health ever conducted in the U.S. Researchers measured periodontitis because it is the most destructive form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal disease, was not assessed.
- Dr Sohn will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area. Sedation is also available if you feel anxious or have difficulty sitting comfortably.
- Using a laser or scalpel, the Dr Sohn will incise and remove diseased tissue.
- Dr Sohn will reposition healthy gum tissue around the tooth and if necessary he will use sutures to hold it in place.
- Typically healing time for this procedure is about two weeks. During that time Dr Sohn will show you how to make special modifications to your brushing and flossing routine to avoid disturbing the treatment area.
If your doctor recommends gingivectomy, IT IS LIKELY THE ONLY OPTION.
When nonsurgical treatments fail to resolve diseased gum tissue, gingivectomy is a possible way of restoring your periodontal health, a procedure that is virtually painless. The procedure is designed to help you back on the road to good oral health care and preventing the recurrence of gum disease.
If you have not had a recent dental checkup, or you have symptoms of gum disease, please call us at Elegant Dental Care and schedule an appointment to see Dr Sohn. Gingivectomy may not be necessary yet, and with prompt attention, you may never need it.