In addition to gum reshaping, which removes excess gum tissue to eliminate a ‘gummy smile’, we also offer additive treatments for lost gum tissue. This may be required for patients who have begun losing gum tissue due to gum disease or damage.
The loss of gum tissue can cause sensitivity and root decay. If you are aware of gum tissue recession, sensitivity, or have been told you need fillings along the gumline, this treatment could be right for you.
Scaling and Root Planing: Treating gum disease by cleaning thoroughly between the gums, teeth and down to the roots. This is done when gums start to pull away from the teeth and tartar has formed. This treatment can be done on it’s own, or in conjunction with one of the following reparative gum procedures.
Pinhole Gum Lifting: This is a minimally invasive surgery, where the gum tissue is lifted and carefully pushed into place, creating a higher gumline.
Connective Tissue Grafting: In this procedure, gum tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and attached to the area where recession is present. Artificial tissue can also be used, eliminating the need to use your own tissue.
Importance of Healthy Gums: Gums keep teeth healthy and strong. Maintaining healthy gums helps to reduce the risk of tooth loss, eliminates pain from abscesses, prevents gingivitis, prevents loss of bone structure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.