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Gingivectomy (Gum Lift)

Gingivectomy (Gum Lift) in Brampton

What Is A Gingivectomy?

A gingivectomy is a form of dental surgery used to treat gum issues and reduce excess gum tissue. The term “gingivectomy” is derived from Latin: “gingiva” means gum tissue, and “-ectomy” means to remove.

What Is A Gingivectomy Needed For?

A gingivectomy can be performed for numerous reasons, some of which include:

  • Cosmetics: To make the teeth look normal in size when the gum is covering too much of it, to make the teeth look longer and more proportional.
  • Functional/aesthetics: To remove excess gum tissue (gingival overgrowth) that has formed as a result of certain drugs such as anti-seizure and organ-transplant medications, and certain high blood pressure medications.
  • Bone and gum health around the teeth: To shrink deep gum pockets that form due to gum disease.

How Can I Fix My Gummy Smile With A Gingivectomy?

Patients who are unhappy with the amount of gum tissue showing when they smile can gain confidence from a gingivectomy. When a significant amount of gum tissue is visible during a smile, it is sometimes referred to as a gummy smile. Laser gum shaping and contouring makes use of a specially designed dental laser to correct certain periodontal conditions such as gummy smiles and asymmetrical gum tissues. The procedure is used to reduce the amount of gum tissue around teeth to give teeth an elongated look.

Laser contouring is used as an alternative to the traditional scalpel for treating a gummy smile-line. The patient does not have to endure uncomfortable cutting and suturing. With the use of the laser, there is minimal bleeding and discomfort. The laser vaporizes the excessive gum tissue and seals it. At the same time it kills harmful bacteria thereby reducing the chances of an infection. Laser gum shaping and contouring can be carried out as a stand-alone procedure or along with another procedure such as dental veneers. The objective is to provide you with a smile that is natural and proportional.

How Can I Treat Gum Disease With A Gingivectomy?

In health, the gum tissue in the mouth is firm and tightly attached to the tooth surface. This firm attachment helps to keep plaque and leftover food debris from getting under the gums. However, when gum disease is present, the gums become swollen, and loosen around the tooth surface. When the gum tissue is too loose, a periodontal pocket forms. The pocket is a deep area that develops between the gum tissue and the outer surface of the tooth. This deep area allows food and plaque to become stuck or trapped easily.

A gingivectomy can reduce the amount of loose or unhealthy gum tissue that surrounds the tooth. The procedure may help keep gum disease from further damaging your gum tissue, teeth, and bones by helping you to clean better around and between your teeth.

gingivectomy brampton mississauga treatment with laserHow Long Does It Take To Heal After A Gingivectomy?

Once the treatment is completed, maintaining a healthy smile and mouth is easy when regular oral care is performed. Healing takes between one to two weeks generally, but most patients can resume their daily activities within a few hours of treatment.

Where Can I Get A Gum Lift or Gingivectomy In Brampton?

The professionals at Venus Dental Care are trained to perform a gingivectomy in Brampton, ON. Our investment in laser dentistry is part of our commitment to providing gentle, effective treatment options to help you enjoy a healthy mouth with minimal treatment discomfort. If you have further questions or concerns about a gingivectomy, please ask us!

To schedule an appointment with a dentist in Brampton click here, call 905-451-5999, or email For your convenience, we provide the same, excellent quality dental service at our Mississauga location: Britannia Dental Care.

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