Gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue (gingiva) by surgery. Gingivoplasty is a type of gum surgery used to reshape healthy gum tissue around teeth. Periodontists typically perform both types of surgery. These dentists specialize in treating gums and the other structures that support teeth.
Gingivectomy usually are done with scalpels. They also can be done with electrosurgery or laser units. We use special tools that were designed for gingivectomies which has angled blades to help them get around teeth. Before this procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic shot to numb your gums. The treatment can take from a few minutes to more than an hour. The length of time depends on how much tissue is being removed