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What is the process for a gingivectomy via laser?

What is the process for a gingivectomy via laser?

Laser: A laser is wonderful for a gingivectomy. The laser removes the gum tissue and seals the blood vessels so no stitches are needed.

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I had a laser gingivectomy this afternoon on my right canine. Now that the numbness is gone it is quite painful. What are the aftercare instructions?

I had a laser gingivectomy this afternoon on my right canine. Now that the numbness is gone it is quite painful. What are the aftercare instructions?

Call: Call your treating Dentist or Periodontal Specialist. You should have been provided with post-operative instructions before you left the office. You had surgery. It will hurt. Advil/Ibuprofen/Motrin, taken exactly as per package instructions, should take the edge off. Cold compresses 1st 24hrs, warm compresses after that. OTC OrabaseB or Rx Kenallog in Orabase helpful.

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When does your teeth and gums begin to heal after a gingivectomy/laser gum removal?

When does your teeth and gums begin to heal after a gingivectomy/laser gum removal?

Immediately: One of the best factors with laser gum treatment is that it leave a bloodless and serile field, the best conditions for optimal tissue healing. It is one of the main reasons soft tissue diode lasers are being used more frequently in dentistry.

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Gingivectomy or gingivoplasty; are they the same procedure?

Gingivectomy or gingivoplasty; are they the same procedure?

Kind of similar: A gingivoplasty intends to reshape the gums around the teeth, creating a more cosmetic or cleanable situation in the mouth. A good example is when veneers are placed on the front teeth. It helps make the teeth the right length. A gingivectomy intends to remove gums that are inflamed or hyperplastic and create on cleanable pocket adjacent to the tooth. Disfigurement is very common, but healthy.

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Is a gingivectomy procedure dangerous?

No: Not if you are reasonably healthy and the gingivectomy is not overly aggressive.

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Does having a gingivectomy hurt?

Shouldn't: Once a patient is anesthetized it should not hurt. A soft tissue laser can be used and post operative discomfort should be minimal.

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Will I have pain after gingivectomy?

Yes: The gum tissue is removed in a gingivectomy. If the area is minor and done with some of the new lasers the discomfort should be very minimal to none. If done with a scalpel there will be more discomfort. The larger the area the more discomfort you will have.

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Could you tell me about gingivectomy?

Choose Laser for it: Gingivectomy is the process of removing some of the gum. Sometimes we perform it in cosmetic dentistry to make front teeth look better, while making veneers or bonding. Sometimes it is done around a tooth to be crowned to get a better fit. My advice is to have it done with the laser. It's more precise, faster healing, and usually no bleeding.

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Will a gingivectomy make my gap appear larger?

Gap: Maybe. Visually things may appear different once the gingivectomy is done. If you're concerned about this, consider closing the gap first and then do a gingivectomy.

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When is a gingivectomy (gum reduction) needed?

Several reasons: There are several indications for this procedure. It can be used for esthetic lengthening of the crowns of teeth, to reduce pockets found in periodontal disease, as well as some other indications.

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Gingivectomy, how did they give you anesthesia?

Local: The local area is numbed. Very easy very straight forward.

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Will I feel severe pain if I receive a gingivectomy?

Will I feel severe pain if I receive a gingivectomy?

Most of the time, no: While some pain can be expected with any oral surgical procedure, I would never expect severe pain. Yes, severe pain may occur. However, I would not expect it.

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How does a gingivectomy differ from a crown lengthening?

What tissue: A gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue only. Crown lengthening is a procedure that typically involves the removal of both gum and bone to expose more of the tooth.

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What can fix gummy smile? Gingivectomy vs crown lengthening?

Both: They are basically the same procedure. A crown lengthening may involve bone removal too while a gingivectomy is just soft tissue removal. Both will make the teeth appear larger.

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Gingivectomy or gingivoplasty problem, what's the difference?

Big difference: Gingivectomy is a gum surgery to eliminate all excess as well as infected gum tissue in order to treat periodontitis. Gingivoplasty is mostly a cosmetic procedure.

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How long is recovery after gingivectomy? Will I have to take time off work to recover after my gingivectomy, or can I return to normal activities right away?

Usually short: Since most gingivectomies just remove some extra tissue, you should be able to return to work. Eating may be tender for a day or two but as long as you don't have any bleeding disorder, you should be fine to work the same day.

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If one has gingivitis is gingivectomy necessary?

If one has gingivitis is gingivectomy necessary?

Not necessarily: Gingivitis literally means "inflammation of the gum tissue". It is usually caused by a reaction to plaque, the bacterial biofilm that sticks to the teeth. Symptoms include swollen, red, tender and painful gums, as well as bleeding after brushing and/or flossing. Treatment includes removing the plaque and calculus. Failure to treat can result in tooth loss, decay, and periodontitis.

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What is gingivectomy?

Removal of gum: Gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue. It is usuall done when there is overgrowth of tissue, infection or if you have a cavity below the gum line the gum is removed so that the dentist has access to fix it. Gingivectomies are sometimes done just for cosmetics.

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What is a gingivectomy?

Cutting gingiva: Is the cutting of the gingiva (gums). In my opinion many times an unnecessary procedure.

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What is a gingivectomy like?

Not bad: Gingivecty typically isn't a major procedure, but it does depend on how much is being done. A small amount of gum tissue is trimmed away, often with a laser. Some soreness is to be expected as well as some tooth sensitivity, although this is usually temporary and varies based on the individual and the amount of gingivectomy being done.

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