Gingivectomy Before and After: The Complete Guide

You might not know it, but if you’ve been to the dentist before, you’ve probably experienced the procedure of gingivectomy before and after. Here’s what this dental procedure entails, including the step-by-step process, recovery time and more. Read on to learn all about gingivectomy before and after!

How a gingivectomy works


A gingivectomy is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves removing excess tissue on gum line. Gingivoplasty can be done in many ways, depending on your particular needs. Your dentist or periodontist will carefully assess how your gum line is before making a recommendation for how to treat it. Although gingivoplasty can get rid of unsightly bumps or gummy teeth, you may find other improvements as well. Because of how much regular brushing affects your oral health, some people report a boost in confidence after having gingivoplasty procedures done. If you are thinking about undergoing one yourself, here is everything you need to know about what to expect during recovery time and what to look forward to afterward!

How long does recovery take?


Recovery from a gingivectomy procedure is based on how severely your gums were affected, as well as your overall health. In most cases, you'll likely be asked to take antibiotics for a few days after surgery to reduce chances of infection. Recovery time can vary significantly depending on whether you were given local anesthesia or not; in addition, it will depend on how much tissue was removed during surgery. To give you an idea of what to expect during recovery, though, a typical healing period lasts anywhere from four weeks to two months after having gum surgery. If problems arise during that period, it’s best to call your dentist right away so he or she can reevaluate you and determine next steps for treatment.

Common Questions Asked During A Gingivectomy


It’s normal to be nervous before any sort of procedure. To make sure you have all your questions answered, take a look at our list of common questions people have about gingivectomies. Not only will it ensure you don’t forget to ask something important, but it may also help alleviate some pre-procedure anxiety. Here are some questions our dentist asks his patients

Risks and possible complications


Gingivectomies can be dangerous, especially if not performed correctly. Unnecessary tissue removal could leave you with a compromised jawline or leave your teeth vulnerable to gum recession or decay. Your gums are also likely to become infected or inflamed following surgery. If tissue is removed from too deep within your gum line, you could have difficulty chewing food and experience facial pain that lasts for weeks or months after surgery. Gingivectomies also carry a risk of bleeding during surgery, which in some cases necessitates a blood transfusion. Complications are more likely to occur if you’re diabetic or have other underlying medical conditions.

Post-Operative Care Instructions


During your initial recovery, we will use sterile gauze to keep your incisions clean. While they are healing, avoid rinsing or scrubbing them in water and try not to get them wet. Be sure to gently brush or floss around your gums in order to maintain good oral hygiene, which helps speed up recovery. If you wear dentures, be sure to remove them when cleaning your mouth; otherwise you may chip or break one of your teeth while wearing it. If possible, do not wear dentures for a few days after surgery until you can tolerate them again.

Recommendations to maintain your gums healthy during the healing process


You’ll want to take extra care of your gums in order to prevent them from getting infected or developing excessive pain. Here are some tips for keeping your mouth healthy during a gingivectomy recovery. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day can help you fight gum disease while reducing swelling. Massaging your gums once or twice a day can also reduce swelling as well as promote circulation, though be sure not to massage if you have stitches or stitches are still healing. Your dentist may recommend using an electric toothbrush, but avoid flossing for up to 3 days after surgery. And, finally, try not to eat anything abrasive like popcorn until all post-surgery swelling has gone down.