Periodontal surgery is a type of treatment which can be used when replacing a missing tooth, during dental implants, or used to improve short teeth with gum recession. This is a conventional way to cover unpleasant looking, or sensitive exposed root surfaces and to prevent future recession.

gum-reshapingIf you are not happy with the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic surgery is a solution in helping you improve your smile using periodontal procedures.

Other specialists may be involved, so it is important to understand the procedure clearly to help you achieve the results you desire. You do not need to stay overnight. Your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing will be monitored.

Your teeth may appear short, but they may actually be the proper length…just covered with too much tissue.

This can be corrected by performing what is referred to as periodontal plastic surgery procedure.

Description of the Process

A local anesthetic will be applied near the gum delivered through a needle, although your dentist may also suggest conscious sedation.

Despite being awake, you should not have anxiety or tooth pain during the procedure. During this process, excess gum and bone tissue will be sculpted so the natural tooth can be exposed.

Some teeth can also appear too short and unsightly due to wear.

The gum flap can be re positioned to minimize the formation of deep pockets, after which it is stitched back into place and a dressing is applied.

In this process, the periodontist or your dentist will make a small cut in the gum line near the tooth root. The tissue is then pulled back, and the infected area is cleaned and scraped.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are either added or removed to show more of the tooth.

This, too, can be done to more than one tooth, making your gum line even.

This procedure can also include a soft tissue graft, used to cover unattractive roots, reduce recession and protect them from tooth decay.

It can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to fully heal and recover. Do not exercise during this time, and it is important for you to alert your dentist to any problems.

If any signs of infection, chills, fever, swelling, or increased pain occur, do not hesitate to contact your dental practitioner as soon as possible.

Our network of preferred dentists are more than happy to help you establish good oral hygiene routines, and help determine if you need any further dental work. Find a dentist near you today!