Laser Dentistry in Schaumburg, IL
What is a Gingivectomy?
A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure designed to excise or to remove excess gum tissue. A gingivectomy is usually performed to improve esthetics or allow for better access for self-care by reducing the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums. Swollen or enlarged gingival tissue may be caused by poor oral hygiene, local irritations, systemic issues, or by many common prescription drugs.
Before the procedure begins, the area will be completely numb using a local anesthetic. Small incisions are then made and excess gum tissue is carefully removed. After all areas of diseased tissue are removed, the sutures are placed and a bandage is placed over the gums. The bandage is designed to protect the gums as they heal. Please contact Happy Smiles Family Dentistry if you think you may be in need of a gingivevtomy.
Periodontal Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR)
Through Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) we are able to destroy the bacteria that cause inflammation and periodontal disease. In other words, just by circling the teeth with the laser, in a non-cutting mode, within the surrounding gum pocket, we can drastically reduce the harmful bacteria that can affect your dental and overall health. For example, around one tooth, within an inflamed periodontal pocket, there are billions of bacteria. The application of the laser will take the bacterial counts around that tooth from the billions down to the hundreds within seconds. The bacterial levels will slowly grow back towards their original levels over the next several weeks, however, during this time and with proper home care, you can allow the area to heal enough to enable the surrounding gum tissue to reattach and the pockets to shrink.
We recommend that all of our patients have their teeth decontaminated with a dental laser prior to dental cleaning appointments for the following reasons.
- To reduce or eliminate Bacteremias (bacteria that can be introduced into our bloodstream).
- To prevent cross contamination of infection in one area of your mouth to other areas.
- To destroy the bacteria in Periodontal Disease before they can cause the loss of attachment of the surrounding structures.
- To boost the immune system.
- To improve overall health.
- A change in the way your teeth fit together.