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Tartar build up at the gum line and poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease. If gum disease is not thoroughly resolved, the infection and inflammation can cause your gums to recede from your teeth. This can create pockets that harbor bacteria near the roots of your teeth. In time, it can also cause loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth to your jaw.

If you have large gums, or a lot of gum tissue visible in your smile then you might be a good candidate for a gingivectomy procedure.

A gingivectomy can be performed on an outpatient basis and usually requires deep sedation. This means it’s a good idea to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you. It would also be convenient if someone could stay with you for a day or two afterward to help you get back on your feet.

This procedure involves removing a modest amount of gum tissue. This allows the surgeon to remove infected tissues and repair the area. The surgeon then adapts your gum tissue over the base of your teeth.

Afterward the surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to help deal with any lingering systemic inflammation. They may also prescribe pain killers or anti-inflammatory medication to help deal with discomfort during recovery.

If you have gum disease, or receding gums and you are concerned that you might need a procedure to resolve it, please feel free to call us at 860-582-4485 to schedule an appointment.