Gingivectomy is a surgical dental procedure that involves the removal of gum tissue (gingiva) for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes. This procedure is often performed by periodontists, who are dental specialists with expertise in treating gum and periodontal (supporting tissue) conditions.

What To Expect​

Diagnosis and Consultation
Dr. Christos Constantinides initiates the Gingivectomy process with a thorough diagnosis and consultation. During this initial step, your oral health and specific needs are assessed. This includes identifying areas of excessive or overgrown gum tissue.
Anesthesia and Incisions
On the day of the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort. Dr. Constantinides makes precise incisions in the overgrown gum tissue to access the underlying structures.
Tissue Removal
During this step, Dr. Christos Constantinides carefully removes the excess gum tissue, reshaping the gumline and creating a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Sutures and Healing
After the tissue removal, the incisions are closed with sutures as needed, and Dr. Constantinides provides post-operative care instructions. Following these instructions diligently is crucial for proper healing and achieving the desired results.

Goals Of Gingivectomy

1. Gum Disease Management:

In cases of gum disease, the primary goal is to reduce pocket depths, eliminate infected or overgrown gum tissue, and promote healthier gums.

2. Cosmetic Enhancement:

For cosmetic Gingivectomy, the goal is to improve the aesthetics of the smile by creating a more balanced and visually appealing gumline.

3. Functional Improvement:

In some cases, Gingivectomy can improve oral function and facilitate proper alignment during orthodontic treatment.

4. Enhanced Oral Health:

Gingivectomy contributes to improved oral health, better oral hygiene, and overall well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort.

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment.

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth.

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.

After tooth extraction, if the walls of the socket are very thick, they will usually fill naturally with bone in two to three months. However, when the walls of your socket are very thin (such as in your upper and lower front teeth), this type of healing will not be as predictable. In these situations, a bone graft is often placed at the time of tooth extraction to help your body fill in the empty socket with bone. This step will maintain the width and volume of bone you will need for implant placement several months later.

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