A gingivectomy (also known as a gum lift) is a common dental procedure (typically cosmetic in nature) that is performed to create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile through the reshaping of underlying bones and/or tissue. Unlike a crown lengthening procedure, which involves removal of bone, a gingivectomy only requires gum tissue be removed from around the tooth or teeth.
While a gingivectomy may be performed for cosmetic reasons, it can also be an effective method for treating periodontitis. By performing a gingivectomy, your periodontist will have improved visibility and accessibility to perform a scaling and root planing procedure, which involves the removal of calculus and smoothing the roots of your teeth, which makes it difficult for bacteria to accumulate. If a gingivectomy has been suggested to treat periodontitis, it is important to have this procedure performed as soon as possible, as untreated periodontitis can cause a number of oral and general health issues to develop, including tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for a gingivectomy/gum lift, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.