Eliminating excessive or diseased gum tissues to help develop oral hygiene.
In some cases when there is an excess of gum tissue, or cases when the gum disease cannot be cured with antibiotics and root planning, a periodontist or will remove a portion of gum. This may be performed with a laser to help develop proper proportions between the width and height of the teeth. After the gums have been treated, a protective putty may be placed over them while they heal. Depending on the extent of the gingivectomy procedure, it can be a few days or weeks for the gums to heal.