If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may need surgery to repair the damaged tissue. A gingivectomy is a type of oral surgery used to remove and reshape loose, diseased gum tissue and to reduce the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums.Our experienced dental team of Dr. Allan Ruda and Dr. Beth DeAngelis will determine if a gingivectomy is needed if the gums have pulled away from the teeth and deep pockets of plaque have developed. A gingivectomy is required to ensure the gum disease doesn’t progress and being to damage the jawbone.
The oral surgery is performed under local anesthetic. Once the area has been numbed, our Middletown, NJ dental team will perform the surgery using the LANAP® procedure. This minimally invasive laser procedure removes all of the diseased tissue. Once all of the tissue is removed, a putty-like substance is placed over the gums. This substance is designed to protect your gums as they heal.
Post-Surgery Oral Care
Following surgery, it is important to follow the care instructions provided by our dental team. It is important to eat soft foods and to drink cool or slightly warm liquids while the putty is in place and your gums are healing. It is also important to keep the mouth clean after the procedure. While it is important not to brush in the area where the procedure was performed, it may be possible to brush and floss the rest of the mouth. After a few weeks the gums will be completely healed and it will be possible to resume brushing and flossing, though this should be done gently at first.
To learn more about gum disease in Red Bank, NJ, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Ruda and Dr. DeAngelis to schedule an appointment today!