Gingivoplasty is a procedure that is necessary when the gums have separated from the teeth, leaving deep pockets. The pockets that are created tend to make it difficult to remove plaque from your teeth. The process removes diseased gum tissue before it can cause damage to your jawbone. Gingivoplasty will remove and reshape your gum tissue so that your gum line can heal and allows for the restoration of your gums. This process was originally created as a treatment for periodontal disease, but it is also now used as a cosmetic procedure.
Periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of bacteria and plaque on the tooth’s enamel and around the gum line. When the gums become swollen and start to separate from the tooth, it can be difficult to remove the plaque from the gum line. Gingivoplasty can help protect the jawbone before periodontal disease can cause severe damage.
The process of getting a gingivoplasty is simple and does not take long. Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area before the procedure. Once the area is numb, they will remove the swollen gum tissue using a scalpel or laser. You will be provided with surgical gauze and care instructions to help with the healing process.
If you would like to learn more information about gingivoplasty, call our office for more information.