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What is Gingivectomy?

Gingivinctomy, a surgical procedure often used in dentistry, is the process of surgical removal of gum tissue. Gingivectomy can be performed for different reasons, such as treating various gum problems, especially correcting the gum line or adjusting the length of the teeth. Gingivectomy procedure can be applied to provide better access to the root surface of the tooth or for aesthetic concerns. Gingivectomy, which is usually performed under local anesthesia, is a comfortable and practical method.

Gingivectomy is a dental procedure that should be performed by specialist dentists. The gingivectomy procedure is planned and performed in accordance with the patient's needs and general health condition. Thus, it is possible for patients to achieve a healthy gum structure and achieve aesthetically satisfactory results.

In Which Cases is Gingivectomy Performed?

Some of the cases in which gingivectomy, a surgical intervention for various dental and gum problems, is performed, are listed below:

  • Thanks to gingivectomy, which is a method often used in the treatment of gum diseases, redness, swelling and infections in the gum pockets can be controlled.
  • Irregularities in the gum line may occur depending on genetic factors or the teething process. With gingivectomy, these irregularities can be corrected and a more aesthetic gum line can be obtained.
  • In cases of excessive growth in the gum line or gum retraction, adjusting the tooth length with the gingivectomy procedure can be provided to give the teeth a more balanced and aesthetic appearance.
  • Gum pockets may form with the progression of gum diseases. With the gingivectomy procedure, these pockets can be cleaned and better access to the tooth roots can be provided.
  • Gingivectomy procedure can also be applied for aesthetic purposes within the scope of smile design. Gingivectomy procedure can be applied to correct the irregularities in the gum line and to obtain a more aesthetic and symmetrical smile.

The cases in which gingivectomy cannot be performed are as follows:

  • Gingivectomy cannot be performed on people who do not have good oral health. If there are rotten teeth and different gum disorders, they should be treated first.
  • Gingivectomy is not performed during pregnancy due to the risk of negative impact of the healing process after treatment and changes in the gums.
  • People with chronic and uncontrolled health problems are not suitable for gingivectomy treatment.
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How is Gingivectomy Performed?

Gingivectomy is a dental procedure in which gum tissue is surgically removed. Gingivectomy can be performed to correct gum problems and provide smile aesthetics. There are different types of gingivectomy, such as superficial gingivectomy, extender gingivectomy and protective gingivectomy. Superficial gingivectomy is performed to correct the gum line. In order for there to be excess gum tissue on the teeth or for the teeth to look longer, an extender gingivectomy may be performed. Preventive gingivectomy is a type of gingivectomy performed in case of withdrawal of gum tissue or exposure of tooth roots for reasons such as periodontal diseases. Which method will be applied is determined by the dentist specifically for the patient.

Before the procedure, the patient's general health condition is evaluated and local anesthesia is performed. In this way, the patient does not feel pain or soreness during the application. Marking is performed on the gum line and excess gum tissue is removed. Bleeding control is provided thanks to the stitches applied later. With the completion of the procedure, the healing process begins. In order for the healing process to progress quickly and healthily, it is necessary to follow the recommendations of the dentist and regular check-ups should not be neglected.

What are the Benefits of Gingivectomy?

Gingivectomy, a surgical procedure performed for various gum problems, brings with it many benefits.

  • Gingivectomy is an effective solution for gingivitis, swelling or other gum problems.
  • It can help to regulate the gum line, thereby achieving an aesthetic smile design.
  • In cases of gingival hyperplasia, gingivectomy can be performed to correct overgrown gum tissue.
  • Gingivectomy stands out as an effective treatment method against problems caused by periodontal diseases.
  • Having a smooth gum line thanks to gingivectomy can help clean the teeth more effectively.

What are the Risks and Harms of Gingivectomy?

As with all surgical procedures, the gingivectomy procedure also has some risks and harms. Some of them can be listed as follows:

  • There is a risk of infection developing in the area where the surgical procedure is performed. Necessary hygiene measures should be taken to eliminate the risk of developing a possible infection.
  • There is a risk of bleeding during or after the gingivectomy procedure.
  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensation may occur depending on the surgical procedure.
  • After gingivectomy, there may be irregularities or unwanted aesthetic changes in the gum line.
  • In some patients, there may be a longer recovery time or complications.

How Long Does the Healing Process Take in Gingivectomy Treatment?

Gingivectomy is a comfortable and practical procedure that does not cause pain and soreness. Recovery occurs on average within 3 to 4 weeks after application. Since gingivectomy is a surgical procedure, the gums are closed with the help of a bandage after the procedure. The bandage is removed by the dentist after standing in the mouth for 10 days. After an average period of 4 weeks, the gums and teeth regain a normal appearance. In this way, a healthier and more aesthetic appearance can be achieved.

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What Should Be Considered After Gingivectomy?

There are some critical elements that need to be taken into account in order to have a healthy and fast recovery process after gingivectomy operation. Some of these elements can be listed as follows:

  • It is very important to ensure oral hygiene after the operation. For this, the surgical area should be kept clean and the dentist's recommendations should be fully followed to reduce the risk of possible infection. Jul.
  • Medications prescribed by the dentist, such as painkillers and antibiotics, should be used regularly to keep postoperative pain and infection under control.
  • Substances such as cigarettes and alcohol that may negatively affect the healing process should not be consumed.
  • It is important to get enough rest after gingivectomy and wait for the time needed to recover. It is recommended to avoid excessive physical activity during the recovery process.
  • It is necessary to regularly attend the follow-up appointments determined by the dentist. In this way, the healing process can be closely monitored and early detection of possible problems can be possible.
  • Avoiding consuming hard foods for the period specified by the dentist after the gingivectomy operation, applying a nutrition program that includes soft and liquid foods is another issue that should be considered.

What Is The Difference Between Gingivectomy And Gingivoplasty?

The common feature of gingivectomy and gingivoplasty is that both are surgical procedures performed to improve gum health. Although both treatments are performed by a dentist, the procedure of the treatments is different from each other.

Gingivectomy is performed to remove and reshape diseased gum tissue. In cases where there is an excess of gums, similar procedures are followed and the excess can be eliminated.

Gingivoplasty procedure, on the other hand, allows improving the appearance of the gums without any tissue removal process. Gingivoplasty is considered to be an ideal method that can be applied to correct the contours of the gums.

Gingivectomy Prices

Gingivectomy prices may vary depending on factors such as how much gum needs to be corrected, the technique to be applied, the number of teeth to be processed, the dentist's expertise and the pricing policy of the clinic where the application will be performed.

Last Updated: May 7th, 2024
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Duration of Stay
1 day
Number of Visits
1
Treatment Duration
1 hour
Local Anesthesia
Recovery Time
4 days
Follow-up Visit
6 months
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