What to Expect When Getting a Gingivectomy
Your dentist will carry out a full examination to determine the health of your teeth and gums, which will often include taking an X-ray to assess the severity of any gum disease evidenced by your exam, and to confirm the overall health of your bone. Signs or symptoms of gum disease, such as bleeding caused by home brushing, or a feeling of ‘looseness’ of certain teeth, can at times be easily noticed by patients and may be the reason you have booked your consultation, or gum disease may be an incidental finding of your dentist during your regular Dental Check-Up.
Whether you are experiencing the impact of gum disease, or you have concerns about the aesthetic appearance of your smile, at this consultation your dentist will address any concerns you may have in the context of your oral health exam, and discuss what your ideal end treatment goals look like for you.
A detailed treatment plan will then be put in place, inclusive of a Gingivectomy if that procedure is recommended based on this initial consultation, as well as any other treatment which you would benefit from agreed between you and your dentist based on this assessment of your needs. Your treatment plan will include a full breakdown of all costs involved, as well as a timeline to completion of the proposed treatment. Any questions you have will be fully answered at this stage, and our team will be more than happy to go through the various payment plan options we offer at our clinic to suit all lifestyles, preferences, and budgets.
At the beginning of your procedural appointment, your dentist will give you a highly effective local anaesthetic to completely numb the area being worked upon, ensuring the entire procedure is completely pain-free. At most you will feel some gentle pushing or pressure on your gums.
However, we do also offer further procedure options at Truly Dental for patients who for any reason cannot undergo dental treatment under anaesthetic alone. If you are a nervous patient we can provide this procedure, in fact all of our treatments, under dental sedation. Your dentist can discuss this option with you during your initial consultation if it would be of interest to you - for example if you suffer from dental anxiety – as while dental sedation means you will be conscious during your procedure, to respond to questions and direction from your dentist, you will be put into a completely relaxed and calm state, making for a fully stress-free and pleasant experience.
The Gingivectomy procedure itself is then quite a straightforward one. Using a surgical scalpel and our high-tech laser, the planned excess gum tissue will be meticulously and carefully excised and removed. The length of time of your appointment will depend on the extent of the periodontal damage in question, or the number of teeth undergoing gum contouring or reshaping, but you can expect to attend for at least 30 minutes for your procedure.
Once the surgical procedure itself is complete, the gums will be held together with dental stitches to aid in the healing process, and a flexible, protective gauze will be applied. Your dentist will also give you full aftercare instructions and guidance at this stage, to make sure that your recovery and healing process goes as smoothly and uneventfully as possible. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you need, and your dentist will let you know when you should return to the clinic for a check-up and review of the surgical site – particularly important if your treatment was carried out as a result of periodontal damage or gum disease.