Gingival Surgeries

  • Gingival Surgeries

Gingival surgery was initially a procedure to treat periodontal disease (gum disease).  However, it has advanced to be a surgery to enhance the appearance of gums. The surgery is usually no longer than an hour and is performed under local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort.  Before the surgery, your teeth should be thoroughly cleaned, to remove any bacteria and tartar (usually in pockets around teeth).
The surgery is performed by a Periodontist with the help of special tools namely; angled blades to help work around the teeth.  A gingival surgery may also be performed if you have excess gum tissue around your teeth.After the gingival surgery your gums will be covered with a periodontal dressing to not only cover, but also protect the gum wounds for the first 10 ten days after the surgery.
The dressing is very soft and has a texture similar to that of modeling clay.  Your doctor will give you a prescription for painkillers and an antiseptic mouth wash to keep your teeth in the surgical area clean, as you should not use your tooth brush until the periodontal dressing has been removed.  After the dressing has been removed, be as gentle as possible when brushing your teeth, this will limit infections and other unnecessary abnormalities.  The gums should start looking normal again at least after 3 or 4 weeks, the gum tissue needs 2 to 3 months to heal completely.
Risks of having a gingival surgery include the following; prolonged bleeding, infection and some swelling.  Should you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.