A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure that removes gingiva (aka gum tissue). This procedure is typically used to treat conditions such as gingivitis, but it is also used to remove extra gum tissue for cosmetic reasons such as correcting a gummy smile. If you are unfamiliar with the procedure, read on to learn how the treatment is performed and what to expect during the recovery process.
What to expect
On average, a gingivectomy usually takes anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes to complete this depends on how much gum tissue your dentist is operating on and removing. Minor procedures can be completed within one session but major gum removal and reshaping can take up to several visits to finish depending on if your dentist breaks up the procedure in stages.
How it works
- Your dentist will numb the area of operation with a local anesthetic.
- The dentist will then make a small incision using a scalpel or laser to remove pieces of your gum tissue.
- Once the tissue has been removed, your dentist will use a dental laser to eliminate the infected areas and reshape your gum line.
- A putty-like substance and bandages will be placed within your mouth to protect your gums as they heal.
The healing process
For most gingivectomy procedures, the recovery process is very quick and you should be able to go home right after your initial treatment. It’s typical to experience some bleeding for the next few days and you might feel some minor pain in and around your jaw. Be sure to replace your bandages when needed and take over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol or Advil to subdue the pain. You should use warm salt water or a saline solution to keep your mouth free of bacteria during your recovery.if the pain lasts more than a week or two be sure to contact your dentist to make any corrections that are needed.
For more information
Gingivectomies are a low-risk option for dealing with damaged gums and to correct a gummy smile that doesn’t take long to recover from and the benefits are amazing. To learn more about gingivectomy procedures contact our offices in Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville Beach, Florida to schedule an appointment with Dr. Darryl A. Field.