Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.  Recession can be limited to one tooth or many and symptoms vary from none at all to root sensitivity, inflammation of the tissues, root exposure, cavities, or esthetic concerns.  It’s important to have gum recession repaired because gum tissue is the primary barrier to bacteria.  Without adequate gum tissue around the teeth, bacteria can cause gum disease, bone and gum deterioration, and even tooth loss.

Gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance to the gum and tooth. Gum recession, when significant, can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging.

When there is only minor recession, some healthy gingiva often remains and protects the tooth, so that no treatment other than modifying home care practices is necessary. However, when recession reaches the mucosa, surgical treatment may be necessary to prevent additional loss of gum tissue and bone.

Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft tissue grafts can be used to increase gum tissue thickness or possibly cover exposed roots where gum is absent due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure your periodontist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to augment tissue thickness or cover the exposed root if possible.

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Cosmetic Benefits

Your smile is on of the first things people notice about you.  Those who believe their teeth are too large or who are embarrassed by the amount of tooth showing can also benefit from soft tissue grafting procedures.  Tissue grafting can also be used to lower gum line to a more attractive level.  Doing so will reduce the amount of tooth shown and increase overall health of the teeth and gums.

The goal of cosmetic periodontal procedures is to provide shape and symmetry to the gum line to compliment existing teeth and dental restorations and create an attractive, pleasing smile.

Do you think you might be a candidate for Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery?

We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation at our Asheville periodontal practice and let us help you explore your options.