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Gingivectomy Wetaskiwin

If you're in need of a gingivectomy procedure in Wetaskiwin, you've come to the right place. While Dr. Mike Pitcher & Dr. Brad Wood may perform your gingivectomy, it is usually done by a periodontist or oral surgeon to ensure the highest quality of care. Gingivectomy is a dental procedure that involves the removal of gum tissue, often for therapeutic or cosmetic reasons. Our experienced team at Cedar Ridge Dental is here to provide you with the necessary information and exceptional care throughout the process.

Understanding Gingivectomy

Gingivectomy is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess gum tissue, reshape the gums, or eliminate periodontal pockets. It is commonly performed to address various dental concerns, such as:

  • Excess gum tissue that makes teeth appear shorter
  • Gum tissue overgrowth due to certain medications or medical conditions
  • Gum tissue that has pulled away from the teeth, creating deep pockets
  • Enhancing the appearance of the smile by creating a more balanced gumline

The Gingivectomy Procedure

Before a gingivectomy procedure, it is common to undergo scaling and root planing to remove bacteria and tartar from below the gumline. The gingivectomy itself is typically performed with the use of local anesthesia to numb the gums, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure. There are two primary methods for performing gingivectomy:

  1. Traditional Scalpel Gingivectomy: This method involves using a scalpel to remove excess gum tissue. While effective, it may result in more bleeding and a longer healing period.
  2. Laser Gingivectomy: Many dentists now use lasers for gingivectomy procedures, which offer several advantages. Laser treatment is less invasive, minimizes bleeding, and promotes faster healing. Patients often experience less discomfort during and after the procedure.

The duration of the gingivectomy procedure can vary depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed, ranging from a few minutes to an hour.

Post-Gingivectomy Care

After your gingivectomy, a periodontal dressing will be placed over your gums to protect them during the initial healing phase, typically remaining in place for seven to 10 days. During this time, it's important to follow Dr. Mike Pitcher & Dr. Brad Wood's post-surgery guidelines to avoid inadvertently removing the dressing or causing damage to your gums.

You will likely need to adhere to a soft-food diet and avoid brushing near the surgical area until Dr. Mike Pitcher & Dr. Brad Wood confirms it is safe to do so. It may take several weeks for your gums to appear normal again, and complete healing may take up to three months.

Contact Cedar Ridge Dental Today!

If you're considering a gingivectomy procedure or have been advised to undergo one, reach out to Cedar Ridge Dental at (780) 352-5076 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mike Pitcher & Dr. Brad Wood. Our skilled dental team is conveniently located at 4730 - 56 Street in Wetaskiwin, AB, and we are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of care throughout your gingivectomy journey. Let us help you achieve a healthier and more beautiful smile!

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(780) 352-5076

We strive to provide the best treatment for our patients. Whether you were referred or found us yourself, we promise to make a positive impact on your smile.

(780) 352-5076