Posts for tag: Gum Surgery
While the term “plastic surgery” might bring to mind face lifts or tummy tucks, not all procedures in this particular surgical field are strictly cosmetic. Some can make a big difference in a person’s health.
One example is periodontal plastic surgery, which corrects gum tissue loss around the teeth. Although these procedures can indeed improve appearance, they more importantly help save teeth.
Gum loss is most often a consequence of periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection arising from a thin film of food particles on the teeth called dental plaque. As the disease weakens the gums’ attachment to teeth, they shrink back or recede, exposing the area around the roots. Without the protective cover the gums provide the roots, they become more susceptible to decay.
In milder cases of gum recession, treating the infection often results in the gums regaining their normal attachment to teeth. But with more advanced recession, natural gum healing may not be enough to reverse it. For such situations grafting donor tissue to the recessed area can help stimulate new tissue growth.
While gum tissue grafts can come from an animal or other human, the most likely source is from the person themselves. In one type of procedure, free gingival grafting, the surgeon locates and completely removes (or “frees”) a thin layer of skin resembling gum tissue, typically from the roof of the mouth, shapes it and then transplants it by suturing it to the recession site. Both donor and recipient sites heal at about the same rate in two to three weeks.
Another technique is known as connective tissue grafting. In this procedure the surgeon partially removes the donor tissue from its site while leaving a portion containing blood vessels intact. The palatal tissue is still used and transported to fit beneath the tissue that’s still attached to the blood supply. This connective tissue graft is then positioned and sutured to the recipient site while still maintaining its blood supply connection at the donor site. Maintaining this connection facilitates healing and increases the chances the graft will “take” and become firmly attached to the new site.
Grafting procedures require advanced techniques and skills. But with them we may be able to restore gum attachment to teeth with an impact on appearance and dental health that’s well worth the effort.
If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”
Discover the aesthetic benefits of getting this cosmetic procedure.
Do you find your smile less-than-attractive because you feel like the only thing you see when you smile are your gums? This look is often referred to as a “gummy smile,” and while this issue is purely cosmetic we understand that it can make people feel embarrassed by their appearance. If you are someone who is dealing with this problem, our Jacksonville, NC, dental implant specialist, Dr. Jose Arauz, can help with cosmetic gum surgery.
When gum tissue looks like it’s taken over, it’s difficult to see those beautiful pearly whites that you have. This is where cosmetic gum surgery comes in. This procedure can help correct this imbalance and improve the shape and contour of the gums while improving the length of the teeth to make your smile more even and attractive.
Of course, sometimes people are dealing with the opposite problem where their gums have started to recede, making teeth appear longer. Receding gums can be a warning sign of something more serious such as gum disease. Of course, something as simple as brushing too hard could also lead to receding gums. Visiting your Jacksonville dentist at the first sign of gum recession is important, especially if the cause is gum disease.
Regardless of whether you have excess gum tissue or a receding gum line, cosmetic surgery may be the best approach for improving your appearance; however, if we do detect gum disease we will need to treat that issues and get your condition under control before we perform any cosmetic dental procedure.
In the situation of gum recession, we perform simple grafting techniques that involve removing some tissue from the roof of the mouth and placing it on the receding areas of the gums. Over time, this will stimulate the growth of new cells and with it new gum tissue.
For those with gummy smiles, the process is a little simpler. We will only need to remove some excess gum tissue from these areas to reveal more of your teeth and to improve symmetry and also evenness. Gum surgery may also be used along with other options, such as braces or veneers, to greatly improve and enhance your smile’s look and shape.
Do you want to feel confident in your smile again and think cosmetic gum surgery could be the solution you’ve been looking for? If so, it’s the perfect time to call our Jacksonville, NC, dental office and schedule a consultation with us.