Gum disease is an infection that attacks the tissues and bone that surround and support your teeth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth and under the gums. Gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from your teeth, forming deep pockets. Plaque hides in these pockets and they are hard to clean out. If deep pockets are forming between your teeth and gums, Dr. Vargas, Dr. Rueda, and Dr. Kang may recommend a gingivectomy in Fairfax, Virginia. Gingivectomy is usually performed before gum disease has damaged the bone that supports your teeth.
During gingivectomy, our dentists will remove and reshape loose, diseased gum tissue. This will get rid of the pockets between your teeth and gums. Your gums will be numbed before the loose gum tissue is removed. After the tissue has been removed, our dentists may place a putty over your gum line to protect your gums while they heal.
After the anesthetic wears off, you can return to your normal activities. Eat soft foods and drink cool or slightly warm beverages while the putty is in place. Your gums will take from a few days to a few weeks to heal. To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact Virginia Dental Group today.