Why Do I Need a Gingivectomy?

Having excessive or damaged gums can be frustrating. Whether your gums have been damaged due to poor oral healthcare, an accident, or any other issue, you’ll want to get the problem addressed. One popular option for the treatment of damaged or excessive gums is a gingivectomy.

What a Gingivectomy Is

A gingivectomy is a procedure that is performed to treat gum disease and to improve the appearance of gums. This is a surgical procedure in which the gum tissue of the patient is removed.

If gum disease isn’t properly treated, it can lead to the formation of pockets, gum recession, and other oral health problems. By removing the excess tissue, your health can be restored—as can the cosmetic appearance of your gums!

Why Do I Need a Gingivectomy?

There are a few reasons why you may need a gingivectomy. Some of these reasons include:

* Cosmetic Reasons: If you have a “gummy smile” in which an excessive amount of gum tissue is covering your teeth, a gingivectomy may be an option to contour your gums and improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile.
* Gum Disease: For those with advanced gum disease, a gingivectomy may be required to remove the infected tissue and restore the overall health of the patient’s gums.
* Pocket Formation: Pockets can form between the gums and teeth as a result of gum disease. A gingivectomy can be an option to get rid of excess gum tissue and reduce the depth of the pockets.
* Easier Upkeep: If you have excessive gum tissue, it can be difficult to properly brush and floss. By removing the excess gum tissue, upkeep can be made easier.

What Is the Procedure Like?

Below is more information about what you can expect from a gingivectomy procedure:

* Examination: The first step is your dentist examining your gums to see what procedure is best to meet your needs. If they decide a gingivectomy is the right choice, they will set an appointment for the procedure.
* Anesthesia: Once your dentist is ready to perform the procedure, they will use local anesthesia to numb the area.
* Tissue Removal: From there, your dentist will use a laser, scalpel, or electrosurgical instrument to remove the excess gum tissue.
* Contouring: Your dentist will then contour your gums and reshape them, so they look aesthetically appealing.
* Aftercare: Once the procedure is complete, your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions to follow and will schedule any follow-up visits required.

It’s important to keep in mind that the time it takes for the procedure to be completed will vary depending on the severity of the procedure. With that said, for most patients, the procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

Reach Out Today

If you have damaged, infected, or excessive gums and would like to learn more about your options, reach out today for an examination. Your dentist will take a look at your gums and will determine if a gingivectomy is the right option to meet your needs.

Average Cost of a Gingivectomy