A gingivectomy is a periodontal procedure in which excess gum tissue is removed to expose more of the tooth's structure and can be performed for a variety of reasons. It may be used in combination with other periodontal or cosmetic procedures to create a smile that is both beautiful and healthy.

Why A Gingivectomy May Be Recommended


For patients whose smile exposes a lot of gum tissue, a gingivectomy can reshape gum lines and elongate the visible part of the tooth, providing a more proportional and attractive smile. If more extensive gum recontouring is necessary, Esthetic Crown Lengthening may be indicated.


A gingivectomy may be performed to remove thickened or overgrown gum tissue caused by the use of some medications that treat blood pressure, seizures, or anti-rejection medications used by transplant recipients.

Oral Health

Gum disease develops when plaque spreads below the gum line and causes the tissue and bone that support the teeth to decay. A gingivectomy can be performed to shrink deep gum pockets that may harbor bacteria, when no bone loss is present, to improve both oral and overall health. If bone loss is present with deep pockets, Pocket Reduction or LANAP may be indicated.