Gingivectomy/Gum Lift


A gingivectomy/gum lift is a safe and effective procedure that is commonly performed to improve the cosmetic appearance of a patient’s smile, address underlying health concerns, or in certain cases, to increase visibility, allowing your periodontist to more effectively remove calculus and smooth the teeth’s roots (scaling and root planing) in order to facilitate the healing process of your gums. Unlike crown lengthening, which requires the removal of bone, the gingivectomy/gum lift procedure involves removing portions of the gum around the teeth in order to sculp the gum line to a more uniform, aesthetically pleasing state, and/or to correct gum disease. Another important difference between the gingivectomy/gum lift procedure and gum contouring is that the gingivectomy/gum lift provides permanent results, whereas eventual regrowth or relapse of gingiva may occur following a gum contouring procedure.

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Benefits of a Gingivectomy/Gum Lift

Patients who have a gingivectomy/gum lift performed will benefit in the following ways:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Restores proper ratio of gums to teeth
  • Improved appearance of your smile will increase your self-confidence
  • Safe
  • Reduces risk of tooth decay
  • Long lasting results
  • Procedure can be completed in just one visit
  • May reverse or halt periodontitis
  • Reduces gum pocket depth
  • May preserve bone and teeth that would have been lost
  • Removes diseased tissue
  • Improved ability and incentive to practice good oral hygiene

The Gingivectomy and Gum Lift Procedure

An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine if a gingivectomy/gum lift is the right treatment option for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have.

If it is determined that a gingivectomy and gum lift is necessary, your follow-up appointment will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Next, the diseased tissue is removed using a low-frequency laser or scalpel. Once a sufficient amount of tissue has been removed, the gums are reattached using sutures, and the area is cleaned using special rinses and saline. Finally, a dressing is placed around the gums and teeth, which will need to stay in place for approximately one week following the gingivectomy to ensure a rapid and effective healing process.

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Aftercare Following Gingivectomy

Once your procedure is complete, we will provide post-operative instructions to ensure that you minimize your risk of developing complications and enjoy a fast a recovery time. Following a gingivectomy/gum lift, it is common to experience swelling, sensitivity, and mild pain, but this can typically be managed using ice packs and over the counter pain relieving medication. If you are prescribed pain relieving medication and/or antibiotics, it is essential to follow the recommended dose until the prescription runs out.

Once you have fully recovered, you can return to your normal diet and self-care practices, however, taking consistent good care of your oral health will reduce the likelihood of needing similar treatments in the future, especially if this procedure was performed because of improper or insufficient self-care. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum) for at least two minutes each time. Also, remember to brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth.

Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health and preserving the integrity of your implants. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every six months (or more if necessary) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will maximize your recovery process and continue to enjoy good oral health!

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Cost of Gingivectomy/Gum Lift

The cost of having a gingivectomy/gum lift performed is contingent on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, whether dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.

Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods and/or a payment arrangement made in advance with our office.

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Schedule Your Appointment

At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, your oral health is our number one goal. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive periodontal support you need to continue enjoying a bright, healthy smile. To learn more or schedule an appointment for a gingivectomy/gum lift, contact our office at (702) 270-4600. We look forward to providing you with quality care tailored to your unique needs!