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MeSH D005890

Gingivectomy is a dental procedure in which a dentist or oral surgeon cuts away part of the gums in the mouth (the gingiva).[1]

By removing the pocket wall, gingivectomy provides visibility and accessibility for complete calculus removal and thorough smoothing of the roots, creating a favorable environment for gingival healing and restoration of a physiologic gingival contour.


  1. Elimination of suprabony pockets[1]
  2. Elimination of gingival enlargements
  3. Elimination of suprabony periodontal abscesses.


  1. Need for bone surgery
  2. When bottom of the pocket is apical to the Mucogingival junction
  3. Esthetic considerations, particularly in anterior region of Maxilla


Gingivectomy can be performed by various techniques.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Newman, MG; Takei, HH;Klokkevold, PR; Carranza, FA; editors: Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology, 10th Edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 2006. page 912-916.
  2. ^ Borzabadi-Farahani A (2017). "The Adjunctive Soft-Tissue Diode Laser in Orthodontics". Compend Contin Educ Dent. 37 (eBook 5): e18–e31. PMID 28509563. 
  3. ^ Martin, Kaplan; Peter, Vitruk (2015-01-01). "Soft tissue 10.6 micrometers CO2 laser orthodontic procedures". Orthodontic Practice US. 6 (6).