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.


The specific goals of Gingivectomy surgery include:


      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.

      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.


What does this procedure entail?


A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery. Dr. Fletcher will then remove the excess of gum tissue in the area(s) indicated.


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 one week follow-up appointment is usually needed to ensure proper healing.