Gingivectomy in NE Philadelphia & Warminster PA
The gum tissue can be very thick and large covering the tooth surface making the teeth look short. This can happen because of medications, bone that extends too close to the surface of the teeth, or inflammation due to gum disease.
A gingivectomy is a periodontal procedure that eliminates excess gum tissue. The term “gingivectomy” is derived from Latin:
- “gingiva” means gum tissue,
- “-ectomy” means to remove.
The following are some reasons a gingivectomy might be needed:
Cosmetics: To make the teeth look normal in size when the gum is covering too much of it, making the teeth look longer and more proportional.
Functional/Esthetics: To remove excess gum tissue (gingival overgrowth) that has formed as a result of certain drugs such as anti-seizure and organ-transplant medications, and certain high blood pressure medications.
Bone and gum health around the teeth: To shrink deep gum pockets. This procedure might require some bone work as well.
The Gingivectomy Procedure
Dr. Friedman or Dr. Wang first will anesthetize the area(s) to be treated. The excess of gum tissue is removed either with a scalpel blade and sometimes some rotary instruments or a laser. In most cases no sutures (stitches) are required. The surgical sites will be sore for 24-48 hours, and medication will be provided to alleviate any discomfort experienced. A week follow-up appointment is usually needed to ensure proper healing.
Experience the finest periodontal care in Philadelphia or Warminster PA. Request an Appointment
Patient Reviews: Periodontal Laser Treatment
We invite you to read testimonials for our patients! Visit the Patient Review form to leave a review about your periodotnal laser therapy at Periodontal Services, Ltd.. Call our office if you would like more information: Northeast Philadelphia Periodontal Office Phone Number 215-676-0717.
You may also read or leave a feedback for us on Google.
Periodontal Services, Ltd.
Patient Review from eloise B
Dr. Friedman was more then perfect! Very nice, intelligent, and caring! Would recommend to friends and family.
- eloise B