What is the Difference Between Gingivectomy & Gingivoplasty?
Both surgeries involve the removal of a small portion of the gum. The main difference between the two procedures is that a gingivectomy removes diseased gum tissue surrounding a gum pocket while a gingivoplasty is performed to reshape gum tissue usually for cosmetic reasons.
What is Gingivoplasty?
Gingivoplasty is the surgical reshaping of the gum tissue around the teeth. It is often done simply to make the gum look better, allowing the teeth to look larger and more symmetrical as the gum can be unusual in shape.
The causes can include a person’s genes, disease or direct trauma to the gum. Gingivoplasty reshapes the gums to make them look more natural. It often is done alone, but can be done during or after a gingivectomy. Gingivoplasty in Panama can also be performed together with a gum graft, this in cases where there are little defects or retraction in the gum.
This cosmetic dental surgery involves reshaping your gums for aesthetic purposes. For patients in Panama City, this procedure is often the final stage of corrective gum disease surgery.
Once the patient’s gingiva has healed from an inflammatory gingival procedure, the gingivectomy shapes the healthy gingiva, restoring proper function and making it aesthetically attractive.
A common reason for having this surgery is to correct a “gummy smile” or where the gum covers the teeth too much. The gum would be surgically reduced, exposing more teeth when smiling. This surgery can dramatically improve a patient’s confidence by enhancing their appearance.
When Is a Gingivoplasty Recommended?
Used to shape and contour the gums in an aesthetically pleasing way, gingivoplasty is recommended for patients who have asymmetrical or irregular gingival margins that help create the shapes of their teeth. Gingivoplasty is also an option for patients with abnormally short teeth, large gums, or a gummy smile. When placing anterior restorations, ie. porcelain veneers or cosmetic crowns, a gingivoplasty is sometimes necessary to idealize the gingival contour which frames the teeth similar to a beautiful picture frame on a painting. This procedure can also address cleft gums and gum craters.
What are the Benefits of a Gingivoplasty?
A gingivoplasty is used for cosmetic reasons. It reshapes the gums for a more appealing smile. Common aesthetic problems corrected with gingivoplasties can include:
• Gummy smile (excessive gums show when smiling)
• Uneven gingival contours
• The loss of papillae, the small gum tissue between teeth in some cases
• Exposed root surfaces, accompanied by gum grafts
Patients also find excellent results in the case of teeth that might appear too small or where the gums are causing teeth to have an unusual shape. These issues can occur if gum tissue grows down and over your teeth. The excess gum makes teeth look smaller or even crooked. Using gum contouring surgery, we can remove excess tissue and re-shape it to lift the gum line and reveal more of your teeth. You will be left with a perfect smile with enhanced symmetry.
How Long Does It Take to Heal after a Gingivoplasty?
This procedure starts with some numbing gel on the gingival tissue, in some cases a little anesthesia is required and is completed with a soft tissue laser which reshapes or removes the gingival tissue quickly and efficiently and healing is almost instantaneous with usually no postoperative sensitivity and it’s common for the tissue to return to form in 3 to 5 days.
Always follow after-care instructions from our team at Clínica Dental Champsaur and practice proper oral hygiene, floss, and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to increase tissue formation.
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