The gum tissue can be very thick and large covering the tooth surface making the teeth look short. This can happen because of medications, bone that extends too close to the surface of the teeth, or inflammation due to gum disease.

A gingivectomy is a periodontal procedure that eliminates excess gum tissue. The term “gingivectomy” is derived from Latin:

  • “gingiva” means gum tissue,
  • “-ectomy” means to remove.

The following are some reasons a gingivectomy might be needed:

Cosmetics: To make the teeth look normal in size when the gum is covering too much of it, making the teeth look longer and more proportional.

Functional/Esthetics: 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. This procedure might require some bone work as well.


We first will anesthetize the area(s) to be treated. The excess of gum tissue is removed either with a scalpel blade and sometimes some rotary instruments or a laser. In most cases no sutures (stitches) are required. The surgical sites will be sore for 24-48 hours, and medication will be provided to alleviate any discomfort experienced. A week follow-up appointment is usually needed to ensure proper healing.

The Perico Group

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Had an amazing experience. I have always been scared of Dental procedures and I guess I walked in worried .. but Dr Sabra and staff made me feel comfortable from day .. explained all the details .. answered all my questions and the experience was very nice. I really appreciated the call back from Dr Sabra himself on how I was doing. Really shows that he is genuinely interested in patient care. Second appointment/ checkup was easy .. I was late to the appointment but the office accommodated me in almost immediately

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I had some hesitations about what I was going to go through with this Gingivectomy procedure but I can assure you that it went smoothly. From the Greeting at the doorway from the receptionist, the entire periodontal team and the gentle and professional way Dr Daniel Sabra handled me, I truly rate this place 5 stars, A1, and would recommend Perico to all my friends and relatives. Your in real good hands here.

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