What is a gingivectomy?

When your gums have become seriously decayed or damaged, we may suggest a gingivectomy. A gingivectomy is a surgical treatment that reshapes your gumline while removing all forms of diseased gum tissue. It also minimizes the hollow spaces (called pockets) caused by gum disease that easily fill with bacteria and infection. Generally, a gingivectomy in Seattle, Washington is only suggested after other methods, such as scaling and root planing, prove ineffective or not strong enough to treat your case.


Does a gingivectomy hurt?

Under the skill and direction of Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, our gentle dentist, a gingivectomy does not need to hurt or cause any lingering pain. We have the training and experience you deserve from your dentist to help you feel relaxed and comfortable before, during, and after your gingivectomy treatment. During your treatment, we will:

  • Utilize local anesthesia and sedation to numb the area and reduce anxiety
  • Remove all infected, loose gum tissue
  • Reshape your gumline if necessary for a healthy aesthetic
  • Protect your gums by applying putty over the gumline

We are here after your treatment to ensure any post-operative pain and discomfort is treated appropriately. If you would like to learn more about gingivectomies and how they can improve the health of your smile, we welcome you to call or visit us at Rainier Dental Center today. We are excited to help you feel better about the health of your gums and smile.