When a patient has severe periodontal disease, Dr. Toms will first try scaling and root planning or other periodontal procedures to treat the problem and restore the health of the mouth.  If none of these procedures has been successful, and the problem is getting worse, Dr. Toms may decide that the best option if for the patient to receive a gingivectomy. This is a procedure done for patients with severe periodontal disease.  During these procedures, diseased gum tissue is removed and the pockets between the teeth and gums that can harbor bacteria are reshaped and reduced.  This procedure is a last resort to dealing with periodontal disease that may have been caused by poor hygiene, injury to the mouth, or many other external factors.

What To Expect

If you are dealing with severe periodontal disease, you may choose this procedure as the option to fix the problem. Before the surgery begins, you will be completely numbed in order to avoid feeling pain and to keep you comfortable. Dr. Toms will then make small incisions and remove excess gum tissue from your mouth that may harbor bacteria that cause the disease that has caused the original problem.  Once the diseased areas are removed from your gums, Dr. Toms will use a putty-like substance to protect your gums as they heal from the procedure.  While the procedure is fairly simple, it is one that should be avoided if at all possible by caring for your teeth properly.

After The Surgery

Just as with any other type of oral surgery, you can expect to feel some pain and discomfort after the local anesthetic wears off after the procedure.  Dr. Toms will place you on a strict diet of soft foods and lukewarm liquids.  This is especially important when the putty is in place and your gums are healing. By sticking to Dr. Toms’ plan, you can lessen the pain and discomfort you will feel from the procedure.  

As you recover, it is imperative that you keep your mouth clean and free of bacteria.  You may not be able to brush and floss the area where the surgery was performed, but it will be possible to brush and floss the rest of the mouth in order to keep your mouth clean.  Your gums will completely heal after a few weeks, and you should be able to resume your normal routine.  Remember that your gums may still be sensitive at first, so it is important to brush and floss gently for the first little while after the gums have healed.

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