How Painful is a Gingivectomy?

If you’ve visited the dentist recently with gum issues, they may have recommended a gingivectomy to address them. It’s understandable if you aren’t sure what this procedure is, what it consists of, and whether or not it will be painful.

Below is information about what a gingivectomy is, some of the reasons a patient may need one, the procedure itself, and whether or not it will be painful.

What is a Gingivectomy?

A gingivectomy is a form of oral surgery in which the dentist removes gum tissue from the patient’s gums. Often this is used to treat advanced gum disease, but it can also be used to improve the appearance of a patient’s gums. By removing the excess gum tissue of the patient, this procedure can help with the appearance and health of the patient’s gums.

Reasons for a Gingivectomy

There are a few common reasons for a gingivectomy procedure. These include:

* Gum Disease: Advanced gum disease can lead to infected gum tissue that needs to be removed to restore a patient’s oral health. A gingivectomy can address this issue.
* Cosmetic Issues: For patients with a “gummy smile,” a gingivectomy can be performed to remove excess gum tissue.
* Pocket Formation: As a result of gum disease, deep pockets can form. A gingivectomy can help to remove excess gum tissue and reduce the depth of the pockets.

What Is the Gingivectomy Procedure?

If you are undergoing a gingivectomy procedure, you can expect the following:

* Examination: The first step of the process will be an examination. During your examination, your dentist will determine the best procedure to meet your needs. If they decide you are a good candidate for a gingivectomy, they will schedule an appointment.
* Anesthesia: During the appointment, your dentist will start by providing local anesthesia to numb the area.
* Tissue Removal: Your dentist will then use special tools to remove the infected or excess gum tissue.
* Contouring: Once the tissue is removed, your dentist will contour your gums so they look natural.
* Aftercare: Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions. You also will likely require follow-up visits to monitor the healing process.

You can expect the procedure to take around 30 to 60 minutes to complete, but that time may vary depending on different factors. Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information about the length of the procedure.

How Painful is a Gingivectomy?

As you’ll be given a local anesthetic during the procedure, you should experience little-to-no pain (although you may experience a little discomfort). You’ll likely experience some pain after the procedure while you are healing, though. To help with this, your dentist may prescribe painkillers, or they may recommend over-the-counter medication. Take any medication as prescribed.

Reach Out Today

If you have infected gum tissue, damaged gums, or excess gum tissue, reach out today to set an appointment. Your dentist will let you know what procedure will be best to repair the damage or cosmetic issue (which may include a gingivectomy), then set an appointment to perform the procedure.

What is a Gingivectomy