In some instances, the best option for treating certain gum issues is to remove some of the tissue. This can be true for treating periodontal disease and for crown lengthening procedures. A gingivectomy is the surgical procedure we use at Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists to perform partial gum tissue removal for optimal oral health for our patients.
In a gingivectomy, incisions are made along the gumline to access the tissue underneath. This is done under local anesthesia, so there is no pain for the patient during the procedure. Gum tissue is carefully removed; how much is removed depends on the reason for the procedure. The gum tissue is carefully disinfected and sutured back in place. A surgical dressing is placed around the gum tissue to protect it while it heals.
Benefits of a Gingivectomy
Gingivectomies can be performed to help fit a dental crown or to cosmetically improve a gummy smile, but they are usually referred to as crown lengthening procedures when that is the goal. In most cases, gingivectomies are performed to address periodontal disease that has impacted the gum tissue. When deep root scaling and planing are no longer effective for reversing gum disease due to progression, a gingivectomy can benefit the patient by removing the diseased gum tissue. This can help the gums heal and aid in reversing damage to the teeth, gums and bone due to gum disease.
If your dentist has suggested a gingivectomy to treat your gum disease or you are looking for options to remove excess gum tissue, contact Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists today. Our experienced oral surgical team can perform gingivectomies and other surgical procedures to improve your oral health.