In cases where gum disease has not resolved with nonsurgical periodontal therapy, Dr. Robert Franklin might recommend a gingivectomy as an appropriate gum disease treatment in Elizabethtown. A gingivectomy is a procedure that involves the removal and reshaping of inflamed gums to eliminate areas of detachment between the gum tissue and tooth structure. Over time, food and bacteria can become trapped in these “pockets” of inflamed gums and cause damage to teeth and bone. A gingivectomy reduces this occurrence and helps to preserve oral health.
What does a gingivectomy entail?
Before the procedure, Dr. Franklin will administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and at ease. Once it takes effect, a series of small incisions are made along the gum line so that the diseased and inflamed gums can be removed. Once all infected areas have been treated, Dr. Franklin will place a putty-like substance over the area to protect your tissues and aid in the healing process.
What happens after the procedure?
Once you have received treatment, your inflamed gums will gradually heal over a period of a few weeks. During this time, you should eat soft foods at a cool to slightly warm temperature. You may initially be advised to avoid brushing and flossing the treated areas. When your gum tissues have fully healed, you may begin to brush and floss again. You must, however, do this gently at first to avoid further injury.
It is important that you maintain good oral hygiene after the procedure to prevent the recurrence of inflamed gums. You may also want to stop using tobacco products, as these can have a negative effect on your oral health. Additionally, it is important to schedule follow up appointments with Dr. Franklin so that we can periodically check your oral health and prevent the return of inflamed gums. For more information on gum disease treatment in Elizabethtown, KY, contact Dr. Franklin to schedule your consultation today!