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Dr. David A. Mugford
Dr. Tassos Sfondouris
1660 Village Green
Crofton, MD 21114

Call Us: (410) 260-0790

The Mugford Center would like to provide an update to all of our valued patients with concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) that citizens self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the state of Maryland recommendations and restrictions, the Mugford Center will be limiting hours of operation and treatment available.

We are dedicated to the well being of all our patients and will be available for emergency care for pain swelling and infection as well as for urgent care which requires timely treatment.

As health care professionals, we all have a role to play in “flattening the curve” by following sound, scientific public health advice to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus.

Bearing this in mind, we are carefully screening all scheduled and necessary treatment. and only seeing patients for emergency or urgent care. We take seriously the need to be available for our patients to avoid unnecessary illness or injury as well as preventing burdening our hospitals and emergency rooms.

We will reschedule all canceled appointments in a timely manner upon returning to the office and appreciate your understanding under the current circumstances.

We will continue to closely monitor the latest information and recommendations to promote a safe and healthy environment for our patients and staff. We plan to be available to provide safe and optimal care on this limited basis.

Our infection control procedures fully cover the COVID-19 virus, as they do all infectious diseases. We are taking extra precautions in screening our employees and patients, along with sterilizing the common areas of our office often.

We look forward to seeing you at your scheduled appointments. Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns, and we will be happy to address them.

Protecting you and your smile,
The Mugford Center


When a patient needs to have a portion of soft gum tissue, not bone, removed, this procedure is known as a gingivectomy, not crown lengthening. At The Mugford Center we can help you have healthy teeth and gums, decreasing the incidence of periodontal disease, or gum disease, by removing the places that bacteria can hide. Excessive gum tissue can create flaps helping food debris and tartar to hide; our goal is to set our patients up for success with regular brushing and flossing, removing those flaps.

What is a gingivectomy?

A common dental condition that many patients have to deal with is what is known as a gummy smile; this means that the patient has excessive gum tissue that hangs over their teeth. This may be caused by various problems, including medications, gum inflammation, or due to bone growth abnormalities. Patients who have this problem need to take extra caution to brush along the edge of their teeth, under this flap of excess tissue to remove all bacteria. When a patient has braces, this can be even more difficult. Most often a gingivectomy is performed for patients with braces.

A gingivectomy is the removal of this excessive tissue. We will create some small cuts to remove the tissue, being sure to create a smooth look, and contouring the surface to appear natural. This process will help shrink deep gum pockets, decreasing the places that bacteria can rest.

Gingivectomy Process

The gingivectomy process begins with Dr. Mugford anesthetizing the area, this means that the patient will feel little or no discomfort. We will then remove the excess tissue; the entire process should take under 30 minutes. In most cases, there are no stitches required. Following your gingivectomy procedure, you may experience some soreness for a day or two, but it should be easily alleviated with an over the counter pain relieving medication.

In most cases, a gingivectomy is usually done before the patient has experienced problems with gum disease damaging their bone that supports their teeth. By decreasing the size of the patient's gum pockets, we hope to promote their dental health. For some patients, we may prescribe an antibiotic, to prevent or minimize infection. Please take the antibiotics as instructed by Dr. Mugford until the medication is completed.

If you have been instructed to wear a clear stent or an upper denture to cover your gums, Do Not Remove the device for at least 24 hours - even if the device appears to be pooled with blood. We will give you care instructions to swoosh using a Chlorhexidine rinse or lukewarm salt water. Our team at The Mugford Center will be sure to give you clear instructions for your situation. These instructions may include not drinking from a straw for the next 24 hours because this can induce bleeding, and to keep your fingers away from the surgical site to reduce the transfer of bacteria.

Our team at The Mugford Center wants to promote your oral health and decrease the incidence of gum disease. For more information on a gingivectomy, contact our Crofton front office.

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Crofton, MD 21114

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Office Hours
Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed