Ask the Experts: What Is a Gingivectomy?

Q. My dentist recommended that I have a gingivectomy prior to having a crown placed. What exactly does that entail? Gingivectomy—sometimes called “dental crown lengthening”—is a periodontal surgical procedure that removes excess gum (gingiva) tissue. It may be recommended for several reasons, among them to realign an uneven smile line (in which gum tissue extends […]