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Laser Gingivectomy Procedure
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 5 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer