If you have periodontal disease, our dentists and team may recommend that you get a gingivectomy in Enumclaw, Washington, to improve your condition. If Dr. Rochelle Riley advise you to get this procedure, we will make sure you are comfortable and at ease during and after your treatment. If you have any questions, call Northwest Dental Medicine Enumclaw at 360-825-2563 to learn more.

A gingivectomy, also known as pocket reduction or flap surgery, is a procedure where our team removes bacteria and calculus from roots of the teeth. The goal of this treatment is to eliminate harmful bacteria to reduce inflammation.

Typically, a gingivectomy will reduce the spread of bacteria, stop bone loss and facilitate effective at-home care. During the procedure, our team may recommend that you receive an anesthetic to promote your comfort throughout treatment.

The process will typically start with scaling and root planing to remove dental calculus. Our team will gently pull your gums back from your teeth and remove bacteria and dental calculus from the tooth roots and tooth surface. We will then use an antimicrobial agent to kill bacteria and encourage healing. Following the procedure, your gums will be sutured to promote good healing and prevent the gums from shifting.

After your gingivectomy, you may notice some tooth and gum sensitivity. This is normal and will subside within a few weeks.