While Dr. Cary Pang may perform your gingivectomy procedure, it is usually done by a periodontist or oral surgeon. Prior to the gingivectomy procedure, scaling and root planing is often used to remove bacteria and tartar from below the gum line. The gingivectomy procedure itself typically requires just local anesthesia to numb your gums. Traditionally, a scalpel is used to remove gum tissue, but today, many dentists use laser gingivectomy for less invasive treatment, minimized bleeding and faster healing time. (It's important to note that the gingivectomy cost may range according to the type of gingivectomy procedure performed.) Depending on how much tissue needs to be removed, the gingivectomy procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.
Following your gingivectomy procedure, a periodontal dressing will be placed over your gums to protect them while they heal, which stays on for an average of seven to 10 days. During this time, it's important that you follow Dr. Cary Pang post-surgery guidelines so as to not accidentally remove the dressing or damage your gums. You will most likely only be able to eat soft foods and drink liquids while the dressing is in place. While you can continue practicing your oral hygiene regimen, you should avoid brushing near the surgical area until Dr. Cary Pang tells you it's safe to do so. It may take several weeks for your gums to appear normal again and up to three months for your gums to heal completely.
Having the right tools and information are the first steps for having a perfect smile and here at ARBOUR ESTATES DENTAL we are focused on offering you personalized care and a service to help you feel more comfortable and confident with a dazzling smile.