A gingivectomy refers to the process of removing excess or thickened gum tissue. This can be required for several reasons including certain medications, an overextending bone, or as a side-effect of periodontal disease. This procedure is normally recommended by your dentist when the gum tissue has begun to pull back or recede from the teeth. Other common problems seen by patients who could benefit from a gingivectomy include swelling, bleeding or pain at the gums, and bad breath.

A gingivectomy can be completed with surgical tools such as a scalpel. However, the most common, innovative means is by laser. In almost all cases, no sutures or stitches are needed, as it is a minimally invasive procedure. Local anesthetics are administered to the site to avoid any pain. You may experience soreness for a few days, but aside from this, you are able to return to your daily activities.

A gingivectomy can provide a patient with a more cosmetically appealing smile while shrinking gum pockets to prevent future infections. For more information on our services or to request an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (775) 623-4050.

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