A gingivectomy refers to the process of removing excess or thickened gum tissue. This can be required for several reasons including aesthetic recontouring of the gums, gum overgrowth caused by certain medications, or as a side-effect of periodontal disease. This procedure is normally recommended by your periodontist when the gum tissue has overgrown or covered a portion of the tooth which should otherwise be exposed.
A gingivectomy can be completed with surgical tools such as a scalpel. However, many times we are able to utilize the use of a dental laser in order to accomplish aesthetic results for gingivectomy. In almost all cases, no sutures or stitches are needed, as it is a minimally invasive procedure. Local anesthetics are administered to the site to avoid any pain. You may experience soreness for a few days, but aside from this, you are able to return to your daily activities.
A gingivectomy can provide a patient with a more cosmetically appealing smile while shrinking gum pockets to prevent future infections. For more information on our services or to request an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (401) 521-5312.