What is a gingivectomy?
Gingivectomy is surgery to remove excess or overgrown gum tissue (gingiva). Our Periodontist, Dr. Natalia Gil, uses gingivectomy to treat some forms of periodontal (gum) disease and also as a cosmetic procedure to fix a “gummy smile” (when excess gum tissue makes your teeth look short or “boxy”).
There are two main types of gingivectomy:
- A surgeon uses a scalpel to remove excess gum tissue. In some cases, they may need to remove a small amount of underlying bone. They may use stitches to close any incisions and slow bleeding.
- A surgeon uses a handheld laser to remove excess gum tissue. Since lasers also cauterize (seal) gum tissue, you may not need stitches.
What are the benefits of a Gingivectomy?
A gingivectomy procedure may be right for you if you have:
- A “gummy smile” that makes your teeth look too short.
- Periodontal pockets (areas where your gums have pulled away from your teeth)
- Braces or other orthodontic appliances
- Tooth malposition (the position of your tooth results in excess gum tissue)
Our Periodontist, Dr. Natalia Gil, uses gingivectomy to treat some forms of periodontal (gum) disease and also as a cosmetic procedure to fix a “gummy smile” (when excess gum tissue makes your teeth look short or “boxy”).
Who is a candidate for gingivectomy?
Gingivectomy offers a number of benefits. The procedure:
- Removes excess or overgrown gum tissue.
- Fixes a “gummy smile.”
- Reduces harmful oral bacteria.
- Decreases periodontal pockets around your teeth.
- Makes brushing and flossing more effective because it helps you reach problems areas more easily.
- Helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums.