A gingivectomy is one of the ancient surgical treatments which includes treating most affected area of the gum. Gingivectomy is still considered a very useful treatment for prognosis of teeth. Gingivectomy is a treatment in which a dentist will remove the affected part of the gum out of your mouth through a surgical procedure. Gingivectomy treatment is usually performed for the aesthetic of teeth and improvement of the prognosis. It is also said to be crown lengthening process.
Gingivectomy works for those who suffer from a gum disease which cannot be treated commonly by scaling and root planning. Gingivectomy helps you get rid of the affected tissue and protect the bones from getting affected. Gingivectomy also nullifies the probability of any oral systematic health issue or any periodontal problem.
Gingivectomy is not so complicated even though it is a surgical treatment yet it is done with proper care by our expert dentists. Gingivectomy becomes painless with the use of local anaesthesia, after that the affected gum part is removed from your mouth through a laser or manually as well. After the procedure of gingivectomy is done, your gum will be filled with a putty which will let you eat normally and protect it during your initial recovery period.
You will be guided by our expert dentist about the precautionary measure that will be required by you after getting gingivectomy. You should be able to again begin your regular activities and eating. You might feel little change in the appearance of your gum, but after few days your gum will appear like before with pinkish color.
Discomfort after Gingivectomy
You might feel slight swelling after laser gingivectomy. The appearance of chapped and bruised lips/cheek area after getting gingivectomy is common. You can get it reduced with the use of reuseable ice bag, a frozen vegetable bag wrapped in a smooth towel after laser gingivectomy treatment. Specially in the initial couple of days after getting laser gingivectomy, you can use this method with 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off, that will decrease the swelling of your mouth after laser gingivectomy. You can also take following measures to avoid discomfort after laser gingivectomy.
- Keeping your head in a position where it is high above your heart is very useful after laser gingivectomy.
- Avoid sleeping on the side of the area where laser gingivectomy was performed.
- After 2 days of laser gingivectomy, you can use moist heat to deal with minor swellint.
In case you think the swelling of your mouth is not vanishing after few days, you should contact our expert doctor and ask for suggestions to deal with the swelling.
You may also suffer from tooth sensitivity specially too cold for few days after getting laser gingivectomy. If doctor suggests you any clear appliance or an upper denture, you must use it as per the instructions of the dentist.
Bleeding after Gingivectomy
You can experience minor bleeding for initial couple of days after laser gingivectomy. Avoid too hot food after getting laser gingivectomy. If you experience consistent bleeding, try to apply pressure on the treated area during gingivectomy with the use of moistened tea bag or moisturiser gauze. Keep applying the pressure for at least half an hour without removing it from the area of gingivectomy treatment. If the bleeding is still not stopped, contact the doctor.
Personal care after Gingivectomy
Do not compromise on the oral hygiene routine at the non-treated area of your mouth during laser gingivectomy treatment, while you can also use light brush one the biting surface of your teeth. After you have completed your meal and had your snack, please use lukewarm salt water rinse 4-6X a day; 30 seconds of swooshing with each use. Vigorous rinsing should be avoided. Please use Periogard, Peridex, or Chlorhexidine mouth rinse 2X (morning and night) a day; 30 seconds of swooshing with each use.
Things you should avoid:
- Avoid regular brushing or flossing of the treated area during laser gingivectomy
- Do not use your tongue or finger in the area where laser gingivectomy was performed
- Avoid making someone look at the treated area during laser gingivectomy and don’t even try to do that yourself
- Avoid the consumption of too hot food or any sticky substance after few days getting laser gingivectomy
- Use of drinking straw is not suggested, as suction can cause trouble.
- Don’t sleep at the side where laser gingivectomy was done
- Avoid consuming alcohol and smoking after few days of getting laser gingivectomy.