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Fix Enlarged Gums With Laser

There are times when our teeth appear to be very small and this is more to do with the gum rather than the tooth. As the gums become thick, they also become large and slowly move from being the base for the teeth to settle in and begin to cover them. It can be quite a slow process at first; but before long, there will be a lot of the tooth covered and a small amount still visible. There are a number of reasons why you will suddenly notice this happening.

  • Some medications will cause the gums to extend and while the medication is needed, it must be taken, and the effects treated.
  • There will be times when it is the bone that is too long, and the gums are just covering the area they are supposed to cover.
  • Gum disease has set in and as well as the teeth being covered, you should also see that the area is inflamed.


When the orthodontist decides that they will perform a gingivectomy you may wonder what they are going to do to you and your teeth. Simply explained, “gingiva” is the medical name for the gum tissue and as with other forms of “ectomy” it means to remove. The orthodontist will take away the thick gum tissue that is not needed so that your teeth look more beautiful.

The orthodontist should also explain why they are carrying this out. There are three main reasons for doing it:

  • Appearance – The teeth will not look normal if they are covered and it will give the appearance that the teeth have not grown to full size.
  • Function – If it is not removed it can become out of control. As it often happens due to taking prescription drugs, continuing with them will make things impossible if it is not dealt with.
  • Gum health – Deep gum pockets can occur, and they need to be removed. It is also possible that there will have to be some procedures carried out to the bone.

What Will Happen?

The area that will be worked on has to be numbed so that you cannot feel what is happening. A laser will be used to remove the gum tissue that is causing the problem. If that does not wok it could mean that a scalpel has to be used to cut it away. If it is really difficult, there will be rotary instruments used. There is going to be some pain for a couple of days, but in the majority of cases there is no need to put any stitches in the wound. Medication will be provided to help get you through the first 48 hours. As long as things seem to be OK, there is no need to go back to the orthodontist for a week and then you should attend a check-up. As long as you and the orthodontist are happy with what you see, you will be discharged and advised to check the teeth and make sure that the same thing is not happening again.

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