Port Charlotte Dentist    Gingival Grafting Surgery    Charlotte County Dentistry

When you look in the mirror, does the gum line look uneven? Or do you see too little gum? These are common effects of periodontal disease. Surgery on the gums can lower or even out the gum line. And if more of the tooth needs to be exposed, surgery can fix that too.

Port Charlotte Dentist  Soft Tissue Graft

When the gum isn't supported by bone, the gum can start to pull away. A graft can be used to fill in an area where the gum has receded. The graft tissue may be taken from the roof of the mouth or from a tissue bank.

Before Soft Tissue Surgery Before Surgery
A gum line that has receded can expose the root. This can lead to tooth sensitivity and cavities in the root. The uneven gum line may also be visible when you smile.
  After Soft Tissue Surgery After Surgery
Graft tissue covers part or all of the exposed root. This protects the root and prevents the gum from receding further. It can also improve your appearance.
         

Port Charlotte Dentist  Crown Lengthening

Surgery to include more of the crown includes:

Functional Lengthening
In some cases, a restoration (artificial crown) is needed. Gum and bone are removed to expose enough tooth to anchor the new crown. This also helps prevent future damage to gum and bone near the restoration.
Functional Crown Lengthening Functional Crown Lengthening
Gum and bone are removed. The remaining portion of the tooth can now support a replacement crown.
     
Cosmetic Lengthening
This is done to remove an overgrowth of gum tissue that causes a "gummy" smile. It can improve appearance and may make teeth easier to keep clean.
Cosmetic Crown Lengthening Cosmetic Crown Lengthening
Removing gum creates a more attractive smile.

Talk to your dentist or contact Dr. Carol Stevens about the treatment that may be right for you.