Gingival Margin Cut in Dentistry

Watch Dental Video about Gingival Margin Cut

“Gingival margin cut” is the term for a special incision used in oral surgery.

If the mucosa must be folded to the side during surgery in order to get to the underlying bone, for example, then different types of incisions can be used. One of these is the gingival margin cut.

In the video "Gingival Margin Cut" you see a patient prior to a surgery; in the past, a crescent-shaped cut was often used, as can be seen by the dark line.

However, this cut often leads to scarring and to poor healing of the wound, because most of the vessels run along the axis of the tooth. This kind of incision cuts many of vessels. A smooth wound healing process requires blood. This is why a different type of incision known as a gingival margin cut was used. In the video you see how the scalpel is carefully inserted between the tooth and the gingiva.

Gingival Margin Cut

Gingival Margin Cut

By means of two vertical relief cuts, the oral mucosa can easily be moved to the side. This incision preserves most of the vessels, allowing the wound to heal faster and preventing scar formation.

The gingiva may recede a bit after a gingival margin cut, but this usually only happens when the gingival flap is treated very roughly. In normal cases, there is either very little or no resorption of the gums after such a surgery. Today, the gingival margin cut is the preferred type of incision cut and can also be safely used on artificial crowns.

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