When it comes to oral health, it’s all too often that we ignore our gums. Just think: Did you floss this morning? What about last night? A gum infection like gingivitis can cause serious health concerns and has been linked to high blood pressure, pneumonia, and even heart disease when left unchecked. In some cases, our dentist may recommend a gingivectomy to help treat your gums and restore your oral health.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is one of the early forms of gum disease, an infection of the gums that’s caused by plaque and bacteria building up inside your mouth. While brushing regularly can usually keep gum disease at bay, certain factors like smoking tobacco, genetics, and even some medications can increase your risk of developing gingivitis.

How Can a Gingivectomy Help?

When gum tissue becomes inflamed or damaged due to gum disease, a gingivectomy is the process of removing infected gum tissue and reshaping the gumline. Depending on your individual case, this may take up to one or several sessions to complete. But at the end of it, you will have a much healthier smile!

Symptoms of Gingivitis

  • Inflamed or Painful Gums
  • Receding Gums
  • Red or Swollen Gums
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Persistent Bad Breath

Do You Need a Gingivectomy in Henderson, NC?

If you notice signs of gum disease, don’t wait to get treatment! At Black Bear Dental, we’re dedicated to creating, maintaining, and restoring beautiful and healthy smiles. If you would like to learn more about our gingivectomy procedure, or schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

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