Gingival curettage

Do you suffer from periodontitis, and so you are looking for the right treatment? If your periodontal pockets are very deep, then the best therapy for you is gingival curettage. Read the article that follows for a description of the main characteristics, the advantages and the disadvantages, of gingival curettage.

 

What is gingival curettage?

When a case of periodontitis results in periodontal pockets deeper than 5 mm, then periodontal surgery is called for. Otherwise the most appropriate therapy is gingival curettage.

Gingival curettage involves removing the tartar and the bacterial plaque from the gingival pockets. How is this done?

A special instrument is used to scrape the gingival wall, eliminating the soft tissue from the periodontal pocket while also cleaning any exposed portion of the tooth’s root.

Gingival curettage is only carried out under anaesthesia. Once completed, the area treated is immediately disinfected with a special liquid. After few days, the swelling of the gums will go away, as they gradually regain their adherence to the teeth.

 

Advantages and disadvantages of gingival curettage

Gingival curettage is an operation that improves the stability of the teeth, the health of the gums and the patent’s sense of taste.

One disadvantage is that, following the treatment, once the gums are no longer swollen, the teeth may be more sensitive.