What is a Gingivectomy?

What is a Gingivectomy?

What is a Gingivectomy?

Symmetry is one of the key components to an attractive smile. An uneven gum line can make an otherwise nice set of teeth appear unattractive.

Similarly, an excessive amount of gum on show when smiling can detract from the appearance.

A solution to this is to carry out a procedure known as a ‘gingivectomy’, which recontours an uneven or gummy smile.

How Does Gingivectomy Work?

How Does Gingivectomy Work?

How Does Gingivectomy Work?

It can just be for one tooth, or for multiple teeth, dependant on the extent of the problem.

The procedure usually involves the removal of a portion of gum (aka gingiva) from in and around the teeth.

As well as treating a gummy smile or uneven gums, it can also be used to treat gum disease.

The Procedure

  • Gingivectomy Procedure
  • Before & After
Gingivectomy Procedure
Gingivectomy Procedure

Gingivectomy Procedure

A gingivectomy is a quite simple and straight forward procedure.

Patients are given a local anesthetic so that they can be made as comfortable as possible and ensure the procedure is pain free.

Using a surgical scalpel, or a low-frequency laser, the tissue is trimmed and removed.

The remaining gums are reattached in and around the teeth by stitches.

Finally, saline and special rinses are used to clean the area

Before & After

Before & After

Below is a before and after shot of one of our female patients during her gingivectomy treatment. We can see that her smile is less gummy in the after shot:

Our male patients are also fond of the gingivectomy treatment. Here is another before and after shot.

In the before shot, we can see a lot of gum above the teeth and below his upper lip. However, after treatment less gum is on show.

What Our Patients Say

I would highly recommend.

I never had one problem. I'm just so happy I came here. I tell everybody. All my family. My daughter comes here now. I've everybody coming over. They're fabulous; from the minute you walk in, from reception to the dentists to everybody. I would highly recommend.

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It's fantastic! I'm going around with confidence and a smile when I talk to people.

Everything is on my doorstep here. I wouldn't look back.

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I wake up happy. I go to sleep happy!

I can eat again. Before I couldn't eat. In photographs I'm the one right at the front!

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For me really 3Dental has the complete package.

Being an actor and a singer, my smile is really important to me. 3Dental really has the complete package.

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What Our Patients Say

The staff are what make the place.

The staff are what makes the place. It's a really nice, friendly atmosphere. And it's really clean. I'd highly recommend 3Dental to my friends. Come sooner. Don't put if off for so long. It's not worth the wait.

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What Our Patients Say

I was so happy with them, the minute they went on.

My confidence wasn't knocked at all (during treatment). I was so happy with them, the minute they went on. I was just delighted.

Amy Cinelli
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What Our Patients Say

The staff are what make the place.

The staff are what makes the place. It's a really nice, friendly atmosphere. And it's really clean. I'd highly recommend 3Dental to my friends. Come sooner. Don't put if off for so long. It's not worth the wait.

Tom Palmer
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What Our Patients Say

It's fantastic! I'm going around with confidence and a smile when I talk to people.

Everything is on my doorstep here. I wouldn't look back.

George Holden
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What Our Patients Say

I would highly recommend.

I never had one problem. I'm just so happy I came here. I tell everybody. All my family. My daughter comes here now. I've everybody coming over. They're fabulous; from the minute you walk in, from reception to the dentists to everybody. I would highly recommend.

Mary Littlewood
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What Our Patients Say

I wake up happy. I go to sleep happy!

I can eat again. Before I couldn't eat. In photographs I'm the one right at the front!

Bridget Spalding
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What Our Patients Say

For me really 3Dental has the complete package.

Being an actor and a singer, my smile is really important to me. 3Dental really has the complete package.

Liam O'Brian
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What Our Patients Say

I was so happy with them, the minute they went on.

My confidence wasn't knocked at all (during treatment). I was so happy with them, the minute they went on. I was just delighted.

Amy Cinelli
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Commonly Asked Questions

What is a gingivectomy?

Gingivectomy involves removing a small amount of gum around a tooth.

Why would I need a gingivectomy?

If you have uneven gums it can make your smile look asymmetric, and make teeth look shorter than they should be. A gingivectomy can create symmetry in an uneven smile, and it can lengthen short teeth.

It is often used prior to having crowns or veneers done to enhance the result.

What can I expect after a gingivectomy?

You may get some really mild discomfort or a small amount of bleeding. It is generally not painful afterwards.

How much is a gingivectomy?

Gingivectomy costs start at €350. The more teeth that require treatment, the greater the cost.

What is the difference between a gingivectomy and crown lengthening?

Gingivectomy involves the removal of some gum tissues around a tooth, while crown lengthening involves the removal of gum and bone from around a tooth.

Is a gingivectomy a high risk procedure?

No, a gingivectomy is a very safe, predictable and low risk procedure.

Can gingivectomy damage teeth?

No, it is not possible to damage teeth during a gingivectomy.

What does gingivectomy mean?

The “gingiva” is a dental term used to describe the gums.

Any medical word ending in “-ectomy” means surgical removal of a part of the body (eg tonsillectomy = removal of tonsils, appendectomy = appendix removal).

So “gingivectomy” means the removal of some gum tissue.

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