As I aged, I began to notice my receding gums becoming more pronounced. As they pulled away from my teeth, the excess gum tissue clumped up above and around them. My gums became sensitive and would bleed during a dental cleaning.
My dentist recommended a gingivectomy. I really wanted my old smile back, so I agreed to have the procedure.
I couldn’t feel a thing during the surgery. Having your gums numbed is a weird sensation. It just felt wrong, but I’m glad that my nerves couldn’t sense what was going on.
For the first two days after the gingivectomy, my gums bled a little. My dentist told me to expect this. He gave me antibiotics to prevent infections while my gums healed.