Periodontist Atlanta, GA
What is a gingivectomy?
A gingivectomy may be recommended when severe gum disease (periodontitis) cannot be fully treated with scaling and root planing. This procudure reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to remove pockets between the gums and teeth. This allows for you to prevent plaque buildup and prevents progression of periodontal disease, by allowing for more thorough cleanings of teeth and gums.
Now a days, it is used mostly to enhance appearance and manage a “gummy smile.”
How is a gingivectomy performed?
After numbing your gums completely, a periodontal specialist may use a laser to remove loose gum tissue and pockets.
During healing, you can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce pain. You can return to normal activities after the anesthetic wears off.
The Periodontal Specialists of Vinings will recommend the best treatment for you based on your individual needs.
Dr. Bezreh received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) in 2003 from the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University in Boston, MA. He continued his education at the School of Dentistry, Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA where he completed a 3-year Residency program in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in 2006. Read more about Dr. Bezreh.