Cutting gingiva. Is the cutting of the gingiva (gums). In my opinion many times an unnecessary procedure.
Cutting gum tissue. A gingivectomy is when gum tissue around the tooth/teeth is cut/"trimmed".
Not bad. Gingivecty typically isn't a major procedure, but it does depend on how much is being done. A small amount of gum tissue is trimmed away, often with a laser. Some soreness is to be expected as well as some tooth sensitivity, although this is usually temporary and varies based on the individual and the amount of gingivectomy being done.
Periodontal surgery. Gingivectomy is periodontal surgery that removes and reforms diseased gum tissue or other gingival buildup related to serious underlying conditions. For more chronic gingival conditions, gingivectomy is utilized after other non-surgical methods have been tried, and before gum disease has advanced enough to jeopardize the ligaments and bone supporting the teeth. Read more: gingivectomy - p.
A form of surgery. Removal of gum tissue.
Removal of gum. Gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue. It is usuall done when there is overgrowth of tissue, infection or if you have a cavity below the gum line the gum is removed so that the dentist has access to fix it. Gingivectomies are sometimes done just for cosmetics.
A Smile. One big positive in exposing more tooth and revealing a much better smile.
Why Gingivectomy? Gingivectomies are needed for one of two reasons: (1) to remove diseased gum tissue, or, (2) to increase the length of the teeth by the removal of gum tissue that has grown over the "necks" of teeth". If you feel like you have a "gummy smile", then a gingivectomy will allow more tooth structure to be exposed, thereby eliminating a gummy smile.
Healthier gums IF... If this is right for your situation, it will likely result in healthier gums. Consult with your dentist about both the long-term and short-term implications in your specific situation as well as anything you can do to improve your brushing/flossing technique. Most times "tweaking" you home hygiene will both improve the result and make it last longer.
Gingivectomy. The aim of a gingivectomy is to reduce pocket depth and\or improve the contours and aesthetics of the gum tissue. It can also be used to expose more crown tooth structure in certain cases.
Different procedures. They are two different procedures for two different circumstances. A gingivectomy only removes gum tissue while a crown lengthening procedure requires the removal of bone. You should consult with a periodontist who can clinically examine you, along with your x-rays to properly advise you what is best for your specific situation.
Both. They are basically the same procedure. A crown lengthening may involve bone removal too while a gingivectomy is just soft tissue removal. Both will make the teeth appear larger.
Both and more. Gummy smile can be improved with both gingivectomy and crown lengthening. Other options may be botox, orthodontics (braces), or jaw surgery. Every case of gummy smile is different. Talk to your dentist about the treatment that is appropriate for your specific case.
Botox or not. Botox is the least traumatic procedure option. Just 2 properly placed injections can help drastically.