The Importance of Healthy Gum Tissues
Benefiting from Soft Tissue Treatment
Helping You Regain a Healthy Smiles
A “gummy” smile often occurs when the gums and bone have not retracted after adult teeth erupt. This can cause teeth to appear small while simultaneously too much gum tissue shows when you smile. Crown lengthening removes this tissue and bone to reestablish a more symmetrical gumline and proper tooth-to-gum ratio.
Soft tissue damaged by gum disease will pull away from the teeth and leave deep pockets that trap plaque and bacteria. A gingivectomy removes these tissues so healthy gums can reattach to the teeth once the pockets are cleaned. Healthy gums form a tight seal to block out future bacteria.
Gum recession is when the soft tissues retract from the teeth, leaving the sensitive tooth roots exposed to hot and cold temperature and more susceptible to plaque and bacteria. Gum grafting uses patient or donor soft tissue to cover these exposed roots while building up stronger and more dense tissues around the teeth.
The frenulum is the tissue that connects the upper lip and the tongue to the mouth. A frenulum that is too tight restricts movement and can hinder everyday functions like speaking and swallowing. Frenectomy loosens this tissue so that the tongue and lip can move freely and properly.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease progressively damages the gum tissues, underlying bone, and teeth. Treatment ranges from non-surgical scaling and root planing to osseous surgery and minimally invasive laser therapy. These targeted procedures eliminate bacteria causing infection and restore function to remaining structures.