If Dr. Olivia Park has diagnosed you with gum disease, a gingivectomy could be an option for improving your oral health. Also known as pocket reduction or flap surgery, gingivectomies are a surgical procedure used to remove disease-causing bacteria and calculus from your tooth roots.

At any given time, there are dozens of different types of bacteria in your mouth. Harmful bacteria will produce acids which inflame and infect your gums and will eventually lead to the development of periodontal disease. Gingivectomy works to reduce this inflammation in order to save your gums and teeth and help you improve your oral health. This includes:

  • Reducing bacterial spread
  • Halting bone loss
  • Facilitating more effective home care

When you receive this treatment, our dentist will first provide you with a local or general anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Your gums will be gently pulled back from your teeth and the bacteria and calculus at your tooth roots will be removed through scaling and root planing. Following this procedure, our dentist will administer an antimicrobial agent to kill any remaining bacteria and encourage healing before suturing your gums back into place.

You may experience an increase in gum and tooth sensitivity following your gingivectomy. However, your periodontal pockets will be reduced, and you should see an improvement in the health of your gums in just a few weeks.

If you have any questions about gingivectomies in Shafter, California, or would like to schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist, please call Adept Dental Shafter today at 661-746-6989.