Différence entre deux sourire ayant reçu une gingivectomie/gingivoplastie


Periodontal curettage
Periodontal disease is an infectious disease that affects the gums, ligaments and bone under your teeth. But it can also negatively affect your self-esteem. That’s because periodontitis creates gaps between your teeth, making them look longer. Teeth may also come loose and patients often suffer from bad breath.


When gingivitis is left unchecked, plaque containing bacteria collects in the space between your teeth and gums. If this plaque isn’t removed daily, it hardens as it comes in contact with minerals in your saliva. Over time, it turns into tartar. Tartar eventually destroys the connective tissue that secures your tooth to the bone.


In some cases, you can’t remove the tartar under your gums with a regular scaling treatment. More in-depth cleaning is required. Curettage is used to plane the root, stabilize the disease and leave behind healthy connective gingival tissue.


Sometimes periodontal disease is caused by functional abnormalities such as unusual swallowing, tongue thrusting or tooth grinding. That’s why your dental practitioner will perform a complete periodontal assessment, measure your periodontal pockets and determine what’s causing the condition.


The steps that follow include:

  • Providing instruction on special oral hygiene techniques
  • Beginning the periodontal treatment using an ultrasound and curettes, followed by antiseptic rinse
  • Performing a check-up one month later to assess your gingival connective tissue
  • Maintenance verifications to stabilize the disease


Gum grafts
The purpose of a gum graft is to correct and improve the appearance of receded gums.


Several factors can predispose you to receding gums, such as:

  • Thin gums
  • Excessively vigorous brushing
  • Broken tissue
  • An ineffective filling, making it difficult to keep plaque under control and resulting in inflamed and receded gums.
  • Dental malposition
  • Bruxism


Receding gums can affect your mouth in several ways:

  • Cosmetic concerns because the teeth appear too long
  • Tooth sensitivity and increased risk of cavities because the roots are exposed
  • In severe cases: the underlying bone becomes weaker due to the lack of gum protection in the spaces between the teeth


Gum grafts are used to treat receding gums.


Three-step process:

  • Prepare the site: The area to be treated is decontaminated to enable proper coaptation of the graft. The dentist then cleans and planes the surface using curettes.
  • Remove tissue from the palate: The specialist collects thicker tissue and prepares it for the graft.
  • Suture the graft to the prepared gums: This adds thickness to the treated area. The specialist finishes by suturing the collected tissue in place.


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