Take control of your gum disease
If you are a patient suffering from gum disease and are experiencing periodontal pockets, you may require a gingivectomy. Don’t worry, your teeth and gums are in the best care possible in the hands of Dr. Fili and our team at Dubuque Periodontics.
What are periodontal pockets?
Periodontal pockets are a common characteristic of gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, in which plaque buildup on the teeth and gum line irritates the gums to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth, or recede. Once recession starts, periodontal pockets will begin to form which become a hiding place for disease-causing bacteria. Left untreated, the attachment between the teeth and the gums will be lost entirely and teeth will become lose and fall out.
What is a gingivectomy?
A gingivectomy is a procedure that involves the surgical removal of infected gingiva, or gum tissue. A gingivectomy is necessary when the gums have pulled away from the teeth creating deep pockets. These periodontal pockets make it difficult to clean away plaque and calculus buildup, and are a breeding ground for gum disease to progress even further. A gingivectomy is typically performed before gum disease has damaged the bone supporting the teeth.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of a gingivectomy for patients suffering from gum disease include:
- Removal of diseased tissue
- Reduced pocket depth
- Helps control gum disease
- Improves ability to maintain good hygiene
- Helps save teeth & bone
- Contributes to an overall healthier mouth
Give us a call!
Take control of your gum disease and your health today! If you have any questions about gingivectomy, or would like to schedule a consultation with your Dubuque periodontist – Dr. James Fili at Dubuque Periodontics – give us a call today at (563) 538-1003.