A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure to eliminate excessive or out-of-control gum tissue (gingiva). Some types of periodontal (gum) disease are treated by periodontists (gum experts) by using gingivectomy. 

A gingivectomy is a frequent cosmetic dentistry treatment used to treat a "gummy smile" (where too much gum tissue makes your teeth appear short.

What is the price of gingivectomy surgery in Pakistan?

A gingivectomy typically costs between PKR 10,000 to PKR 50,000 in Pakistan.

What diagnosis leads to gingivectomy?

 A gingivectomy may be suggested:

  • If a person has advanced periodontitis (gum disease), where the gum tissue has pulled away from the teeth and created pockets, in order to remove the infected tissue and decrease the size of the pocket.

  • A gingivectomy may be required in some circumstances to remove gum tissue that is covering the teeth and preventing them from shifting into their ideal position during orthodontic therapy.

  • A gingivectomy could be recommended for aesthetic purposes to reshape the gum line and enhance a person's smile.

What is the procedure for a gingivectomy?

The procedure for gingivectomy involves the following steps: 

STEP 1: The periodontist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure.

STEP 2: A small incision is made in the gum tissue to allow access to the underlying tissue.

STEP 3: The periodontist will use a surgical instrument, such as a scalpel or laser, to remove the targeted gum tissue.

STEP 4: The remaining gum tissue is contoured and shaped to ensure an even and natural-looking gum line.

STEP 5: The incision site is cleaned and treated with an antiseptic to prevent infection, and the area is covered with a protective dressing.

Depending on the quantity of tissue that needs to be removed, the procedure usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. 

What are the risks and complications associated with gingivectomy?

There may be some side effects after a gingivectomy, just like with any surgical treatment, including:

  • Bleeding.

  • Mild discomfort.

  • Teeth sensitivity.

  • Swelling.

  • Bruising.

The above-mentioned adverse effects are common and should subside in three to four days.

Rarely, individuals might experience complications like:

  • Infection at the surgical site.

  • Nerve damage.

  • Severe pain that doesn’t improve with medication.

  • Abscess.

  • Sepsis (a complication of infection).

What to expect after a gingivectomy?

Patients can anticipate experiencing the following after a gingivectomy:

  • Pain and discomfort in the treated area for several days after the procedure.  

  • Bleeding from the treated area for several hours.

  • You should continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal, but be gentle around the treated area. 

  • You should avoid hard, crunchy, or spicy foods for several days after the procedure to prevent irritating the treated area.

  • A follow-up consultation with your periodontist is required to check on your recovery and to have any stitches or bandages removed.

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