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A gingivectomy involves trimming and reshaping the gums, primarily to treat severe gum disease.

The surgery can significantly improve your oral health and the aesthetic appearance of your gums.

Why might I need a gingivectomy?

You may require a gingivectomy if you are suffering from severe gum disease or periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, a more advanced form of gum disease, attacks your teeth’s supporting structures such as the gums and underlying bone. The gums may also begin to peel away from your teeth, causing deep pockets to form in between where more bacteria can build up.

You may require gingivectomy surgery to remove infected gum tissue and reconstruct the healthy tissue to seal gum pockets, repair the damage, and help fight the infection. You may also choose to undergo a gingivectomy to improve your smile. If you have an excess of gum tissue, making your teeth look shorter than they are, a gingivectomy can help to improve their cosmetic appearance.

What does a gingivectomy involve?

Dr Amin will use either a surgical scalpel or a laser to remove the necessary tissue before reshaping the remaining tissue carefully. He will then close the gums with dissolvable stitches.

How long will it take me to recover?

Full recovery from a gingivectomy typically takes a few weeks. During this time, you may experience some short-term discomfort, which you can manage with over-the-counter painkillers.

Alternatively, Dr Amin may prescribe painkillers or antibiotics for you following the procedure. It is essential to keep up a good oral hygiene routine following a gingivectomy, taking extra-special care not to aggravate the surgery site. Dr Amin will advise you on how best to keep your teeth and gums clean after surgery.

To find out more about gingivectomy surgery, call us on 01474 352 990 or email

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