What is a Gingivectomy?

It’s very important to take care of your teeth and gums. By taking proper care, you can avoid oral health issues like gingivitis that lead to the need for additional treatment. Without proper care, you may find you are left with infected tissue that needs to be removed. You also may have an injury that has damaged your gums, leading to the need for removal.

Whatever the case may be, if you need to have gum tissue removed, your dentist may perform a procedure known as a gingivectomy.

What is a Gingivectomy?

A gingivectomy is a dental procedure that involves the surgical removal of gum tissue. It is generally performed to treat periodontal (gum) disease or improve the appearance of the gums. Gum disease, if left untreated, can cause gum recession, the formation of pockets, and other oral health issues. By removing excess gum tissue, a gingivectomy can restore the health and the overall look of the gums—allowing you to smile with confidence!

The Reasons for a Gingivectomy

There are quite a few reasons that you may need a gingivectomy. Some of the reasons may include:

* Gum Disease: If you have more advanced gum disease (like periodontitis), you may need a gingivectomy to remove the infected gum tissue. This will help to restore the health of your gums.
* Cosmetic Concerns: If you have excessive gum tissue and a “gummy smile,” your dentist may choose to perform a gingivectomy to address the issue.
* Pocket Formation: Deep pockets between the gums and teeth can develop as a result of gum disease. A gingivectomy may be the right option to remove excess gum tissue and reduce the depth of the pockets.
* Easier Upkeep: Overgrown gum tissue can make it difficult to properly clean your teeth and gums. This, in turn, can lead to plaque and tartar buildup. In such cases, a gingivectomy can make oral hygiene maintenance easier.

What Is the Procedure? How Long Does It Take?

The gingivectomy procedure typically involves the following steps:

* Examination: Before anything else, your dentist will perform an initial examination to determine if a gingivectomy is the right choice. From there, they will set an appointment.
* Anesthesia: Before the procedure begins, your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area being treated.
* Tissue Removal: Using a scalpel, laser, or electrosurgical instrument, your dentist will carefully remove the excess gum tissue. The removal may extend to the underlying bone if necessary.
* Contouring: Once the excess gum tissue is removed, the remaining gum tissue is reshaped to create an aesthetically pleasing gumline.
* Aftercare: Your dentist will provide instructions on aftercare, including how to properly care for your oral health and how to use any prescribed medications. Follow-up visits may be scheduled to monitor the healing process.

How long the procedure takes will vary, but it generally can be completed in around 30 to 60 minutes.

Reach Out Today

If you are in need of gum removal, set an appointment with your dentist today so they can take a look and see if you are a good candidate for a gingivectomy.


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