To prevent such unpleasant gum disease as gingivitis Oral surgeons in California make gingivectomy ? it is the surgical removal of the gingival margin, aimed to eliminate gum pockets. This procedure is used to prevent inflammation or root canals of teeth and bone tissue. Sometimes gingivectomy is applied for elimination of such aesthetic problems as gingival smile. Gingivectomy is performed under local anesthesia and it takes about 30 minutes. First, gum pockets are cleaned and then are cut pieces of the affected gums. Thereafter, the wound surface is treated with preservatives. Operation is carried out, usually for 6-7 teeth at once.