A gingivectomy is simply a surgical procedure that removes gum tissue. It can be performed to enhance appearance, access a tooth that needs a restoration, or to treat gum disease in Braintree, MA. A versatile procedure, it may be performed with scalpels or lasers. While the majority of patients may never need this treatment, there are numerous ways that a gingivectomy could benefit you.

Correcting a Gummy Smile

Have you ever seen someone with a gummy smile? They have beautiful, straight teeth but those teeth are hiding under too much gum tissue. An attractive smile needs balance, and a gingivectomy can remove the excess tissue in order to expose more of the tooth and frame it more attractively.

Facilitating the Placement of Restorations

If you break a tooth and need a restoration, your doctor may need to make an incision in the gum tissue to access the area of the break. The tooth base must be prepared in order to properly support the restoration. In this case, a gingivectomy is performed to remove gum tissue, but it is considered a functional instead of aesthetic procedure.

Treatment of Gum Disease

When you have gum disease, the first symptoms you experience are inflamed and bleeding gums. When left to progress, the bacteria that caused the infection will cause further damage, resulting in tooth sensitivity, bad breath, gum recession, loose teeth, and bone loss. In some advanced cases, a gingivectomy may be recommended to remove infected tissue. It offers an effective method for treating gum disease in Braintree, MA.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of a gingivectomy, call our office to schedule a consultation. Experienced periodontist, Dr. Thomas J. Mone, can provide you with the high-quality periodontal services you need to improve and maintain the health of your smile.