What is Gingivoplasty

Posted on : 28-02-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dental Implants, Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health

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Gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue (gingiva) by surgery. Gingivoplasty is a type of gum surgery used to reshape healthy gum tissue around teeth. Periodontists typically perform both types of surgery. These dentists specialize in treating gums and the other structures that support teeth. This procedure is typically carried out by a periodontist. Gingivoplasties are carried out to remove excess gum tissue which can interfere with oral health.

By performing gingivoplasty the surgeon will remove the gum tissue, which is in excess. patients with excess gum tissue will have difficulty in talking, or eating properly and excess gum tissue is also quite unaesthetic. When there is gum tissue present in excess, sometimes pockets can be formed right between the gums and the teeth. Then, food particles can be easily trapped within these pockets, and the patient is exposed to the danger of severe infection from the bacteria that reside beneath the gums.

Before performing gingivoplasty, the dental health professional will perform a thorough dental cleaning in order to remove the tartar and the plaque. In order to perform gingivectomy/gingivoplasty, the surgeon will administer a local anesthetic to the patient. The re-shaping of the gums is done with the help of an instrument called the dental scalpel, but more innovative procedures are done with the use of the laser or other electrosurgical instrument.

When the surgeon finishes reshaping the gums, he will place a special dressing right upon the gums. Then, the patient is advised to stay on a very soft food diet, at least for 10 to 14 days after the surgery, in order to protect the gums from any infections.

After gingivoplasty, the gum tissue is extremely vulnerable, and may feel sore, and sometimes the patient cannot even carry out the daily oral health regimen using a toothbrush or a strong toothpaste. Instead, the patient will be taught to rinse the mouth with water after every meal, and use an antibacterial mouthwash only, instead of the toothbrush and toothpaste.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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