Gingivectomy / gingivoplasty
GINGIVECTOMY is the surgical removal of gingiva (i.e., gum tissue). Although gingivectomy was initially developed to treat periodontal disease, it is now a common Cosmetic Surgery, used to remove overgrown gum tissue and improve the appearance of the gums.
GINGIVOPLASTY is the surgical reshaping of gum tissue around the teeth. Gingivoplasty reshapes the gums to make them look more natural. It often is done alone, but can be done during or after a gingivectomy.