A gingivectomy is an invasive procedure in which the gums are cut away and bone exposed to allow deeper gum cleaning. The surgery isn’t performed very often, but patients who have undergone it claim that it made a drastic improvement in their overall oral health and well-being. After reading this guide on what to expect gingivectomy before and after you’ll be better prepared for your next visit to the dentist if you decide this surgery is right for you!
If you’re scheduled for a gingivectomy, there are several things you should know about and discuss with your dentist before surgery. For example, do you have any health concerns? Do you want any prescription pain medications at home? Are there any restrictions on what you can eat or drink in the days leading up to surgery? Your dentist will be able to answer these questions and address your concerns ahead of time so that when it comes time for surgery, all parties are on the same page. It is important that you make sure any pre-surgical instructions are followed in order to ensure optimal results.
Once your gingival tissue has been removed, you can expect your wound to heal very quickly—usually within two weeks. The site of surgery will likely bleed slightly after you return home from treatment, but it should stop within an hour or so. The site may look red and swollen for several days after treatment; however, these effects are not permanent and will go away in time. During the healing process it’s important that you carefully follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure optimal results.
When can I get my braces back on?
If you’re concerned about which teeth are impacted, or if you’ve been told that you should have your wisdom teeth extracted but want more information, then keep reading. It can be hard to tell what’s going on with your mouth if you don’t know where your wisdom teeth are coming in. One of my favorite ways of checking is by looking at an occlusal view (aka an overbite view) taken during a bite-wing radiograph. The image below shows where impacted wisdom teeth are and how much room there is for them to come in.
Which teeth are impacted?
You may experience swelling for a few days, but any stitches that were used will dissolve and you should be able to eat normally after about two weeks. It’s also important to remember that your gums might be sore for some time, so it’s best not to use any toothpaste on them during recovery. Your dentist or periodontist can give you information on how often you should brush your teeth and at what angle, as well as which flossing technique is most effective. Follow their directions carefully while healing so you can reduce swelling and protect yourself from infection if possible.
What if it doesn’t stop bleeding?
Have you ever seen someone who has had dental surgery and they look like they’ve been bitten by Dracula? That’s no fun. When your gums start bleeding, that’s not a good sign. If it continues after your doctor has placed some gauze in your mouth, he or she may need to cauterize or apply pressure directly to stem the flow of blood. You can expect mild swelling and bruising of your gums for up to three days after surgery; don’t be alarmed if you see excess blood in your mouth during that time as well. Avoid hot beverages on day one, but otherwise it’s important for you to eat normally after an uncomplicated surgery like a gingivectomy.
How long does the pain last?
The pain experienced after gingivectomy can vary. Many patients have minimal pain and are able to return to work in about ten days. However, you may experience some post-operative discomfort during your recovery period. It’s important that you take it easy for at least two weeks following surgery. Swelling of tissue or excessive bleeding after surgery can be painful and cause your mouth. To feel uncomfortably dry, so it is important not only that you don’t smoke. But also that you drink plenty of water and eat soft foods during recovery. You will probably have little difficulty eating prior to recovery, although some tenderness is normal after gingivectomy because there has been an operation performed on your gums and jaw muscles.
When can I eat normal food again?
One of your major concerns following surgery is when you will be able to start eating solid foods again. The good news is that you can resume your normal diet almost immediately after surgery. If you have any questions about what to eat. Make sure you ask your dentist or doctor before consuming any new foods, just as a precaution. It’s also important to maintain excellent oral hygiene following surgery. Since dental plaque can cause sensitivity issues and swelling in your gums that could delay healing. Use mouthwash daily and brush your teeth two times per day until you are fully healed from gingivectomy surgery.
Following up with your dentist
Your dentist will likely recommend that you follow up with him or her on a regular basis. He or she will use photographs, impressions and models of your mouth to track your progress. The most accurate method is taking an impression of your teeth. At every visit and having it compared against previous ones. This gives you and your dentist an accurate way of tracking how well you’re healing following surgery. You can expect to make two visits post-op: first, four days after your gingivectomy; then again one week later; then at six weeks, three months, six months and 12 months. Though that last visit may be optional depending on how things are progressing in your mouth.