This is a common surgical procedure. The surgeon removes gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth.
Gingivectomy and Gingivoplasty
Gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue (gingiva) by surgery. Gingivoplasty is a type of gum surgery used to reshape healthy gum tissue around teeth. Periodontists typically perform both types of surgery.
Gums can recede for several reasons. They include:
- Periodontal disease
- Physical trauma (brushing too hard, too often or with a hard brush)