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Surgical/Non-Surgical

PERIODONTAL SERVICES

 

Periodontal surgery is necessary if we determine that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment.

 

In that case, here are four types of surgical treatments that are most commonly prescribed and that we may recommend:

 

  • Crown Lengthening
  • Soft Tissue Grafts
  • Pocket Reduction Procedures
  • Regenerative Procedures

* Crown lengthening is generally performed in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. Additionly, crown lengthening procedures can also be used to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. This procedure exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or recontouring bone and gum tissue. This can also be performed on a single tooth, many teeth or the entire gum line, to expose a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing smile.

 

Reasons for Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a common procedure that has many effective uses and benefits.

 

 

Here are some of the most common reasons for crown lengthening:

 

  • Restoration of damaged teeth – Periodontal disease, trauma and decay can cause severe damage to the teeth. Where teeth have been broken beneath the gum line, crown lengthening can be used to prepare the area for a new restoration to correct the damaged teeth.
  • Cosmetic uses – Extra gum tissue can make teeth look unnaturally short, and also increase susceptibility to periodontal infections. Removing excess gum tissue through this procedure, it can restore a balanced, healthy look and appearance of the smile.
  • Dental crowns – Crown lengthening serves to provide more space between the supporting jawbone and dental crown. This prevents the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone once it is in place.