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Advanced gum disease causes loose tissue around the teeth. Eventually, nonsurgical treatments may not work, and the risk of tooth loss increases. Gingivectomy, the removal of diseased gum tissue, can restore your oral health and protect your teeth.

Why should you consider gingivectomy?

  • When all else fails—gum disease can reach a stage at which antibiotics, scaling and root planing, and other solutions cannot resolve periodontal pockets (areas of loose tissue that allow bacteria to collect). Gingivectomy may be the only solution.
  • A clean slate—once the diseased tissue has been removed and your incisions have healed, you can begin a new chapter of oral health in your life that you can maintain with brushing, flossing, and six-month checkups.
  • Improved overall health—advanced gum disease places you at greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Gingivectomy not only gives you a healthier smile, but can also benefit your entire body.

But what will it cost?

But what will it cost? Gingivectomy can cost from $200 to $400 per tooth. If you have dental insurance, your plan will likely contribute to at least a portion of the treatment. Meanwhile, it can prevent the need for much more costly treatment, such as dental implants and dentures, which can cost thousands of dollars.

What to expect during treatment

  • Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area. Sedation is usually also available if you feel anxious or have difficulty sitting comfortably
  • Using a laser or scalpel, the dentist will incise and remove diseased tissue
  • The dentist will reposition healthy gum tissue around the tooth and may use sutures to hold it in place
  • The gums typically heal within a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you must make special modifications to your brushing and flossing routine to avoid disturbing the treatment area.

According to a 2012 study, nearly 50% of all Americans have periodontitis. So we can say with confidence that if your doctor recommends gingivectomy, it is likely the only option. When nonsurgical treatments fail to resolve diseased gum tissue, gingivectomy is usually the only viable way of restoring periodontal health. Fortunately, modern dentistry makes the procedure virtually painless. After the procedure, you can begin a new phase of oral health care tailored to preventing the recurrence of gum disease.

If you do not attend regular checkups, or if you have symptoms of gum disease, talk to your dentist today. Gingivectomy may not be necessary yet, and with prompt attention, you may never need it.

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To Our Family of Patients,

After much thought and concern for the health of our patients and team, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States can best be managed at our practice. The key issue is prevention. Social distancing is the best solution at this time to prevent the spread of the virus.

Therefore, in conjunction with the South Carolina Dental Association recommendations, I have decided to close our normal practice operation with the exception of emergency and urgent care situations, through the end of March, 2020. I will be available for you and your family for emergency and urgent needs. Please call my personal cell phone if you have any questions or if you need an office visit. I am here for you.

After we have weathered this storm, we will be here to see that you continue to have the excellent care that you and your families deserve. We thank you for the trust that you place in our practice. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship in the future.

My cell phone number: 843-224-0517

To Your Good Oral and Systemic Health!

- Dr. John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD

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