What is Gingivectomy?

Excess tissue can have an appearance of short teeth or a gummy smile. Thick or excessively overgrown gum tissue that covers the upper portion of the teeth makes them appear too short and makes your smile look uneven. This excess tissue not only can be an esthetic issue for patients but also acts as a trap for food and harmful bacteria. A gingivectomy removes this excess tissue making the area easier to clean and more esthetic. 

By removing excess gum tissue in certain areas, we can bring more symmetry and more natural proportions to your smile. Simply removing a few millimeters of gum tissue can make the teeth look longer and your gum line more uniform.

Gingivectomy is also used to treat severe gum disease, known as periodontal disease. This procedure removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue to get rid of pockets between your teeth and gums. Treatments can slow or stop the progression of periodontal disease and can take your pain, discomfort, and embarrassment away.  

If you have a gummy smile or are witnessing any periodontal symptoms or problems, call and schedule an appointment. Plan for periodontal therapy and our offices can see what needs to be done to give you the comfort you deserve.

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