If you have large, visible gums, you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans have exposed gumlines when they smile.

At 101st Adult Dentistry, we know that many of our patients are self-conscious about their “gummy smiles,” and they often to come to us for help. Thankfully, there’s a simple procedure called a gingivectomy that’s designed to significantly reduce the appearance of the gumline.

Gingivectomies can be performed in under one hour, and the recovery time is minimal.

Gingivectomies Are Ideal for Many Patients

Many people can benefit from a gingivectomy, including:

People who want to improve the appearance of their smiles—When you smile, you want people focusing on your teeth—not your gums. Gingivectomies work by removing excess gum tissue, exposing more of your teeth. Reducing the appearance of your gumline is also an important and highly effective anti-aging procedure, as a pronounced gumline is often associated with the aging process.

People who suffer from periodontal disease—Reducing the gumline is also a highly effective treatment for people who deal with gum disease. Gingivectomies are often performed on gum disease patients to help them recover from the effects of the condition and to improve the health of the support structures around the teeth.

Post-op care for gingivectomies is simple and involves careful oral care regimens, including the usage of special antibacterial mouthwash to keep the new gumline healthy and free from infection.

Most gingivectomies completely heal within around one month, but it’s important for patients to receive twice-yearly preventive checkups after having the procedure for cleanings and to address any potential complications early.

Call 101st Adult Dentistry to Reduce the Appearance of Your Gummy Smile

Whether you’re self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, or you want a healthier gumline and better overall oral health, we’re here to help with cosmetic dentistry. Contact us today or complete our online appointment form today.