What is a Gingivectomy?

A gingivectomy is a procedure that involves removing excess gum tissue from an area of the mouth. Most often, gingivectomies are performed to lengthen the look of teeth and to get rid of a short or “gummy” smile. Most often, gingivectomies are considered a cosmetic procedure. However, there are instances when the procedure can be helpful when it comes to improving oral health and the ability to care for your smile.

Why is a Gingivectomy needed?

The most common reason for needing a gingivectomy is because you have a “gummy” smile. Your smile might look short, and this is simply due to the fact that each tooth has too much gum tissue covering these teeth. The gingivectomy aims to remove this excess gum tissue and helps to improve the size and shape of your smile. You will find that this boosts your confidence and gets you feeling better about your appearance.

Who is a candidate for a Gingivectomy?

We can perform an exam to determine if you might need or would benefit from a gingivectomy. Most people who need the procedure can and should consider it for themselves. A gingivectomy can be done as an out-patient procedure and takes very little time in our office. You will love the look of your new smile thanks to the work that gingivectomies can do for you.

What happens during a Gingivectomy?

The first step is to administer anesthetic to numb the area. We then begin to remove excess gum tissue from above the teeth. The soft tissue in these areas are then contoured to ensure that your smile looks natural and even. This process is repeated for each and every one of your front teeth for a full and healthy-looking smile. You may require stitches after the procedure to help heal the gums, though this isn’t always necessary. You will be given important aftercare instructions following surgery.

If you think you might benefit from a gingivectomy, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.