If you have small teeth and a gummy smile and want a more attractive-looking smile, visit Dr. Ronald Watkins at AZ Implant Solutions near Scottsdale, AZ for periodontal care. These periodontal plastic surgery procedures are designed to treat receding gums and enhance the appearance and health of your smile. If you are self-conscious about your “gummy smile,” or Dr. Watkins finds that you have broken or decayed teeth below the gum line, you may be a candidate for an esthetic or functional crown lengthening procedure.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening for Receding Gums
If you have a lot of gum tissue showing when you smile, you might be self-conscious about your “gummy smile”. The esthetic crown lengthening procedure is designed to remove excess gum and bone tissue while reshaping the smile. It is also known as a gum lift and can be performed on a single tooth, or on the entire smile. The end result is that more of the tooth or teeth are exposed to create a wider, more beautiful smile.
The esthetic crown lengthening procedure is performed under local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. Dr. Watkins will make small incisions in the gum tissue to separate the gums from the teeth. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are cleaned and sutures and a protective bandage are placed over the area to encourage healing and gum reattachment. You will come back to our office two weeks later so that we can monitor the healing process.
Functional Crown Lengthening
If you have a tooth or teeth that are very decayed or are broken below the gum line, you may not have enough structure to support a tooth restoration procedure such as a crown or a bridge. In this situation, Dr. Watkins needs to lower the gum and bone levels to expose more of the tooth surface. A functional crown lengthening procedure involves reshaping the gums and supporting bone to make room for a high-quality tooth restoration procedure.
The functional crown lengthening procedure is performed under local anesthetic just like the esthetic crown lengthening procedure. Dr. Watkins will make small incisions in the gum tissue and reshape the area. Sutures are placed and then removed in one to two weeks. After the area has completely healed in about six to eight weeks, restorative dentistry procedures such as crowns or bridges can be placed.
For more information about periodontal plastic surgery and treatment options for receding gums, call Dr. Watkins at AZ Implant Solutions today!