Cosmetic periodontal surgery is designed to enhance your smile by concealing unattractive exposed root surfaces or lengthening your natural teeth. If you don’t like the look of short, unsightly teeth because of a gummy smile or exposure of excessive root structure due to gum recession, periodontal cosmetic surgery may be the right solution to overcome these problems. At North Alabama Smiles, we perform various periodontal cosmetic procedures to correct gum issues and improve your smile aesthetics.
- Soft Tissue Gum Grafting
Gum recession is a consequence of loss of gum tissue and bone volume, causing the exposure of tooth roots. Soft tissue gum grafting can repair the defect and also help prevent further bone loss and gum recession. In this surgery, we will use gum tissue from the palate of your mouth or another donor source. Other benefits of this procedure include reducing tooth sensitivity, enhancing aesthetics and function, and more vibrant periodontal health.
- Crown Lengthening
If your smile looks gummy due to the teeth appearing short, it is possible that your teeth may be of the correct height but are enclosed by excessive gum tissue. Cosmetic crown lengthening surgery will rectify this condition. This surgery can be performed on one tooth or multiple teeth to expose a natural flawless smile.
Restorative crown lengthening surgery will help if you have decayed or broken teeth below the gum line, or inadequate tooth structure for restorative appliances like a dental crown or bridge. Crown lengthening procedures can help adjust the gum line to show more of the tooth and improve your smile.
- Gummy Smile or Uneven Gum Line
If your gums hide too much of some teeth, crown lengthening might be the apt solution. The excess gum tissue is removed during this procedure to expose the tooth’s crown, and the gum line is contoured.
A labial frenulum is a soft tissue that runs from the cheeks or lips to the outer gum tissue and connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When these bands are too short, one can feel tongue-tied. These short lingual frenula can cause speech impairment and can also lead to developmental abnormalities in children. They may also be a reason for the gum recession.
Frenectomy surgery can help prevent gum recession, and in certain situations also facilitate orthodontic treatments.
If you want to know more about cosmetic periodontal surgeries, visit North Alabama Smiles at 55 Golfview Dr NE #5467, Arab, AL 35016. You can also reach us at (256) 586-8100 and schedule an appointment.