Cosmetic Gum Surgery

We can help reinvent your smile at Westlake Periodontics.

What is Cosmetic Gum Surgery?

Basically, cosmetic gum surgery is a dental treatment that involves surgically modifying gum tissue to improve the appearance of your smile by enhancing symmetry. Cosmetic dental treatment can help reinvent your smile and improve your oral health and also serve medical purposes as a better solution for receding gums. Procedures can vary depending on whether gum supplementation or reduction is necessary. There are three types of cosmetic periodontal surgery: cosmetic crown lengthening, cosmetic ridge augmentation, and connective tissue grafting.

Cosmetic Gum Problems

Excess Tissue

If you want to correct for a gummy smile, your dentist may recommend crown lengthening. This procedure exposes more tooth surface by removing gum tissue and sometimes bone.

Uneven Gum Line

If your gum line is uneven, it may be possible to reshape them. This can be done conventionally with a surgical scalpel or newer technology – dental lasers. The advantage of using a laser for the procedure is that it seals the tissue as you work on shaping it and shortens healing time significantly!

Receding Gums

The roots on your teeth can sometimes recede or pull back, which exposes tooth roots. This leaves an aesthetic issue because there is no enamel coating on root surfaces, and these are more susceptible to decay. There are various gum grafting procedures that can cover exposed roots including moving gingival tissue from one site in the mouth to another – for example, roofs of our mouths or adjacent (nearby) tissue with similar type. It’s also possible lab-processed material from a different donor may be used. All of these options can be discussed with you in more detail.

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