A gingivectomy is often used to cut away excessive or overgrown gum tissue, which may be natural or caused by some medications.  It is sometimes used in periodontial maintenance, but more and more it is performed to expose part of a tooth that may be hidden by overgrown gum tissue.  It is a simple procedure that can often take just a few minutes, but can make a huge difference on your smile.

Reasons For Getting a Gingivectomy:

  • -Periodontial maintenance
  • -Extend appearance of tooth length
  • -Remove excessive gum tissue
  • -Reshape an irregular gum line

What Does a Gingivectomy Involve?

Generally a gingivectomy can be performed in less than 30 minutes.  Local anesthesia is administered.  A scapel or laser is used to carefully cut away excessive gum tissue.  The gums may be slightly swollen and sensitive for one to two days and crunchy foods should be avoided.  The gums should be completely healed in about ten days.

 What Does a Gingivectomy Cost?

A gingivectomy generally costs around $190-300 per tooth depending on the complexity of the case.  If you would like to discuss getting a gingivectomy with your dentist please call today for a free cosmetic consultation.