Gingivectomy is a dental surgery that removes the gum tissue mostly damaged due to gingival buildup or any other gum disease. It is opted to remove diseased gum tissue after all other non-surgical options have failed or in the case when the gum infection has started to invade the bones and ligaments that support the dental framework. Usually, gingivitis and periodontis are the two diseases that are treated with the help of a gingivectomy.
Gingivectomy procedure is primarily done on one quadrant of the mouth at a time under local anaesthetic in a dental clinic. An oral surgeon will mark bleeding points to guide the incisions, which are made to remove the excess gingival tissue.
Postoperative care for a full mouth gingivectomy
For the first few days after the surgery, you will be advised to avoid brushing over the surgical a chlorhexidine mouthwash may be prescribed to help in controlling dental plaque. However, after the dressing is removed you should return to a good oral hygiene routine using a soft toothbrush.
Complications of full mouth gingivectomy may include bleeding, excessive pain and swelling. The average cost of a full mouth gingivectomy is estimated to be around $2,000 to $4,000.
Gingivectomy (Full Mouth)
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