Reviewed by Dr. Kerri Font, DDS

A gingivectomy may sound daunting at first. But—knowledge is power! Knowing what to expect from the procedure and healing process can put you at ease and remove the anxiety associated with the procedure. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss the details of the procedure and why this treatment is necessary. You will see how it supports your oral health and the importance for those who struggle with gum issues.

Stay tuned for our series of blogs dedicated to gum health and treatments such as gingivoplasty and gingival flap surgery.

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Key Takeaway

Gingivectomy is a gum disease treatment that removes diseased or excess gum tissue. It enhances the visual appearance of your gums and prevents further gum recession and tooth loss.

What Is a Gingivectomy?

A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure designed to remove diseased gum tissue. This periodontal surgery aims to treat periodontal disease (gum disease). It is particularly beneficial for removing excess gum tissue that forms deep pockets around the teeth.

By removing this excess tissue, the procedure helps to reduce periodontal pockets. This prevents the progression of gum disease which could lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Why It’s Vital for Your Gums

This dental procedure tackles several issues related to the gums:

  • Removal of diseased tissue: The primary goal is to remove any diseased gum tissue or excess gum tissue that may be contributing to periodontal disease.
  • Cosmetic improvements: For patients with a “gummy smile” or excessive gum coverage, a gingivectomy can help reshape the gingival tissues for aesthetic reasons.
  • Preventing tooth loss: By addressing periodontal pockets and removing excess tissue, the procedure aids to stop the progression of gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss.

How Much Is a Gingivectomy?

In the U.S, a gingivectomy can cost anywhere from $200 to $500 per tooth, depending on the severity of gum disease and location. Insurance may cover this procedure if it is deemed medically necessary for treating gum disease.

What to Expect During the Procedure

  1. Preparation: The area will be cleaned using the root planing method.
  2. The procedure:  A local anesthetic is used to numb the area before removing the excess gum tissue with a scalpel or laser.
  3. Healing: A surgical dressing may be applied to protect the gums during the initial healing phase.

Healing Process and Aftercare

  • Diet: Stick to soft foods that don’t irritate the gums for the first few days post-procedure.
  • Oral hygiene: Follow your oral surgeon’s advice on how to clean the affected area.
  • Pain management: Pain medication can help manage discomfort during the first few days.

Expect the healing process to take a few weeks, during which the gums gradually recover and reform. Patience and proper care are essential for a smooth recovery.

The Role of Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Diode lasers have become increasingly popular in periodontal therapy due to their precision and reduced healing time. Operating at a specific wavelength, these lasers are adept at targeting and removing diseased gum tissues while causing minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissues.

Diode lasers are known for their ability to sterilize the treated area, reducing the risk of infection post-procedure. Here are a few advantages:

  • Reduces bacteria in periodontal pockets
  • Reshapes gum tissue without the need for incisions
  • Speeds up the healing process due to less trauma to the soft tissues

Highlands Ranch Periodontics – Gingivectomy Specialists

At Highlands Ranch Periodontics, we specialize in all aspects of gum health and treatments such as gingivectomy. Dr. Mike Norouzinia, DDS and Dr. Kerri Font, DDS, are committed to providing personalized treatment plans for each patient, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

If you have any concerns about your gum health or searching for a “periodontist near me” or “gum disease specialist in Highlands Ranch”, call (303) 683-1144 to book an appointment or complete the online booking form.


How long does a gingivectomy procedure take?

The duration of the procedure varies depending on the number of teeth involved and the severity of gum disease. On average, it can take between 30 minutes to an hour.

Is a gingivectomy painful?

Local anesthesia is used to numb the area during the procedure, so most patients report minimal discomfort. After the procedure, pain medication can be prescribed to manage any discomfort during the healing process.

How long does it take to heal after a gingivectomy?

The healing process can take a few weeks, during which time the gums gradually recover and reform. Follow the post-procedure instructions given by your dentist to ensure a smooth recovery. 

Can I brush my teeth after a gingivectomy?

It is essential to follow your periodontist’s instructions on oral hygiene, as brushing too soon or too vigorously can irritate the gums and impede the healing process. Your dentist may recommend using an antibacterial mouthwash instead of brushing for the first few days post-procedure.

Categories: Periodontics