Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Prescott Valley, AZ
Your periodontal tissue, also known as your gums, plays an important part in the health and appearance of your smile. Excessive tissue can appear bulky and extend over the tooth structure trapping bacteria. Insufficient tissue can make teeth appear particularly long and provide inadequate support for your teeth. At Bradshaw Family Dental, we can evaluate your tissue and help you determine if treatment is right for you. If you have a smile that is gummy or displays elongated teeth, you could be a good candidate for cosmetic periodontal surgery to even and correct your gum tissue.
Periodontal Surgical Techniques
Our team at Bradshaw Family Dental, including Dr. Andrew Zeiger, will examine and review your oral health, including your gum tissue, and make predictions based on the information we have. Tooth loss is a significant problem for many adults, the health of your gum tissue plays an important role in having healthy teeth. Dr. Andrew Zeiger can perform varying techniques and surgical procedures to resolve periodontal issues.
Gum grafting is a surgical procedure we perform on patients who have lost gum tissue. Gum tissue can recede due to gum disease, hormone changes, harsh treatment when brushing, and insufficient hygiene. A gum graft procedure involves the removal of tissue from another area, generally the roof of the mouth, that is then sutured in place over the teeth. Replacing gum tissue does more than improving your smile, it also protects the roots of your teeth and strengthens support.
Crown lengthening is a procedure we do to increase the amount of exposed tooth. This may be necessary if a patient has fractured a tooth closer to the gum line, or if insufficient tooth is available to hold a dental crown. We simply remove a portion of the gum to expose more tooth.
A gummy smile can have an unappealing look, and also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Sometimes a patient can have excessive gum tissue. Folds of periodontal tissue can hang over the teeth, causing a patient to feel self-conscious, while also hiding food debris and plaque. Bacteria left in place can be dangerous to your oral health. By making simple cuts, and contouring the tissue for an even look, we can remove these folds and improve your periodontal health.
Guided Tissue and Bone Regeneration
For some patients who have suffered from chronic gum disease, we can help new gum tissue grow rather than reshaping the gum and bone tissue that is left after the disease is removed. Guided tissue and bone regeneration is a process of regrowing tissue. Also, we sometimes perform a bone grafting procedure at the same time to maximize the success of the procedure. This helps to stimulate bone growth and retain the area that your tooth existed, minimizing the risk of bone loss. GTR can be done using restorable materials or with materials that need to be removed down the road.