A gingivectomy is usually performed when a patient has an overgrowth of gum tissue that cannot be cured with a deep cleaning. This can sometimes be the result of a medication side effect or orthodontic closing of spaces. Gingivectomies are performed to remove and reshape loose, diseased gum tissue and to reduce the depth of pockets between the teeth and gums.
Before the procedure begins, the area will be completely numbed using a local anesthetic.
After the Procedure
After the procedure, it is important to eat only soft foods and to drink only cool or slightly warm liquids while your gums are healing. It is important to keep the mouth clean after the procedure.