Gingivectomy for Gum Disease
You may need surgery for severe Reference gum disease Opens New Window (Reference periodontitis Opens New Window) if it cannot be cured with Reference antibiotics Opens New Window or root planing and scaling. A gingivectomy removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of pockets between the teeth and gums. A gum specialist (periodontist) or oral surgeon often will do the procedure.
After removing the gum tissue, the doctor will put a temporary putty over your gum line. This will protect your gums while they heal. You can eat soft foods and drink cool or slightly warm liquids while the putty is in place and your gums are healing.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 5, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry