When you consider cosmetic dentistry procedures to help produce a more attractive smile, you probably only consider treatments that address the teeth, such as orthodontics or teeth whitening. However, another part of an attractive smile is the gums. The procedures of gingivectomy and gingivoplasty can alter the gums (cosmetically or for health reasons) to result in a more beautiful and healthier smile. We are proud to offer these treatments at Designer Smiles FL in Coral Springs.
Both of these procedures surgically alter the gums. A gingivectomy removes gum tissue, or gingiva, either to restore health to a mouth that has been affected by periodontal disease or for cosmetic purposes. At Designer Smiles, a gingivectomy can be recommended for patients with a “gummy” smile who wants to improve their smile’s appearance.
A gingivoplasty reshapes the gums if they have an unusual shape or have not formed normally. It can be performed on its own or along with a gingivectomy. A gum graft may also be part of the procedure to add tissue to the gum line if needed.
Depending on how much gum tissue is being removed, a gingivectomy can take between 30 and 60 minutes. If only minor surgery is being performed, your dentist at Designer Smiles may only need one appointment to our office in Coral Springs to complete the procedure. If, on the other hand, several areas are being worked on in the mouth, additional appointments may be recommended.
Since it is a surgical procedure, a local anesthetic will first be applied to keep you comfortable throughout your appointment. The gum tissue will be removed using a scalpel or a laser tool. Once the right amount of tissue has been cut away, your dentist will likely use a laser to reshape the gumline. Bandages and a soft, putty-like substance will be placed onto the areas to help them heal.
Like with a gingivectomy, a gingivoplasty will also utilize an anesthetic, and your dentist will use special tools to reshape the gum tissue into the desired appearance.
Following either treatment, you will receive detailed instructions on how to care for the treated areas to help them heal. Healing time should be fairly short – about a week – and you may need to return to our office in Coral Springs, FL, for a follow-up to ensure that healing is progressing as expected.