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A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove excess gum tissue. Here at Gainesville Periodontics, we typically perform this procedure to improve the appearance of the gums, but it can also be used to treat certain types of gum disease.

How a Gingivectomy Works

During the procedure, the dentist or periodontist will use a scalpel or laser to remove the excess gum tissue. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, meaning the patient will be awake but won’t feel any pain. In some cases, sedation or general anesthesia may be needed.

What is a Gingivectomy Used to Treat?

Gingivectomies can also be used to treat certain types of gum disease. When gum disease is left untreated, it can cause the gums to recede, leaving the teeth exposed and vulnerable to decay. By removing the infected gum tissue, the dentist can stop the progression of the disease and allow the healthy tissue to heal.
A gingivectomy may be also recommended to improve the appearance of the gums and create a more attractive smile. Some people have excess gum tissue that makes their teeth look shorter or uneven. By removing the excess tissue, the gums can be reshaped and contoured to create a more aesthetically pleasing look.

Recovery After Gingivectomy

The recovery period after a gingivectomy varies depending on the extent of the procedure. In general, patients can expect some swelling and discomfort for a few days after the surgery. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage the discomfort, and Dr. Barclay may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
Patients will also need to take special care of their gums while they heal. This may include avoiding hard or crunchy foods, using a soft-bristled toothbrush, and rinsing with saltwater or antibacterial mouthwash. The periodontist may also recommend follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and ensure that the gums are healthy.
Risks of a gingivectomy are low but may include bleeding, infection, and damage to nearby teeth or tissue. However, most patients experience a smooth and successful recovery.

Is a Gingivectomy Right For You?

Whether you’re dealing with a painful case of gum disease or a smile that isn’t what you want to see in the mirror, Dr. Barclay and the team at Gainesville Periodtonics can help. Give us a call today to schedule your initial consultation and find out if a gingivectomy is right for you.

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