Cosmetic Gum Surgery

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What is Cosmetic Gum Surgery?

Rely on our team at Lone Star Dental Care to provide you with minimally invasive gum grafting techniques to help restore the gum volume surrounding your teeth. When gum tissues are uneven or cover an excessive amount of tooth structure, the esthetic effects can make your entire smile seem uneven or “off-balance,” even if your teeth are perfectly aligned. Cosmetic gum surgery, also known as gum recontouring, addresses the esthetic aspects of your gums and may include pinhole surgery, crown lengthening, or in some cases, an esthetic or a functional frenectomy.

Esthetic and Functional Crown Lengthening

If your smile is “gummy,” then some teeth are more concealed by gum tissues than others, and can, therefore, appear smaller or asymmetrical. Esthetic crown lengthening will expose more of your tooth’s crown to match the teeth around it and create a more attractive overall appearance.

If a tooth is damaged, and the damage extends underneath your gums, then functional crown lengthening may be necessary to effectively restore the tooth. Trimming away the surrounding gum tissue, and in some cases, the jaw bone structure will allow Dr. Vahadi enough access to the tooth to place an appropriate restoration.

Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Chao® Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is an ideal treatment for those with receding gum tissue. This is a special procedure in which only select doctors become certified. Rather than using a scalpel or sutures, our team uses specially designed surgical tools to minimize both discomfort and downtime. The technique uses existing gum tissue to recreate the gum line. Results are instant, natural, long-lasting and produce minimal discomfort for patients. Many patients even return to work once the procedure is over.

Esthetic and Functional Crown Lengthening

If your smile is “gummy,” then some teeth are more concealed by gum tissues than others, and can, therefore, appear smaller or asymmetrical. Esthetic crown lengthening will expose more of your tooth’s crown to match the teeth around it and create a more attractive overall appearance.

If a tooth is damaged, and the damage extends underneath your gums, then functional crown lengthening may be necessary to effectively restore the tooth. Adjusting the surrounding gum tissue, and in some cases, the surrounding bone structure will allow Dr. Vahadi enough access to the tooth to place an appropriate restoration.

Our team utilizes lasers for esthetic crown lengthening, as it offers many benefits that traditional techniques do not.   A laser is used to perform gingivectomy or recontour the gums so your smile will be less gummy and more attractive. Benefits include:

  • Increased precision
  • No suturing
  • Minimal swelling and scarring
  • Less or no postsurgical pain

Lasers allow our patients to feel more comfortable and return sooner to their daily routines. 

Lingual or Esthetic Frenectomies

We offer frenectomies to help release the tissue in the mouth that may cause restrictive movements or cosmetic issues.  Some frenum connections are too tight and cause restrictions, leaving patients feeling uncomfortable. We offer both esthetic and lingual frenectomies for our patients, utilizing a laser to reduce discomfort and downtime following the procedure.

Lingual Frenectomies

Functional frenectomies, also known as lingual frenectomies, are a simple in-office procedure to relieve constraints to restore proper movement of the tongue.. This type of frenectomy targets those with short frenulums that restrict tongue movement, also known as being “tongue-tied.” This type of frenectomy is common for both children and infants who are experiencing speech development or nutritional issues.

Esthetic Frenectomies

Esthetic frenectomies, also known as labial frenectomies, reduces the attachment connecting the upper or the lower lip (labial frenum) to the gums. Labial frenectomy will help in the closure of the gap (diastema) between the upper and lower front teeth.  Thus, the reason why labial frenectomies are esthetic and enhance your smile.

The Benefits of Cosmetic Gum Surgery

Whether you require the pinhole surgical technique, esthetic crown lengthening, or a lingual or esthetic frenectomy, cosmetic gum surgery can offer several long-lasting benefits, such as:

  • Improved confidence in a more attractive smile
  • Easier periodontal maintenance and cleaning
  • Reduced risks of periodontal disease
  • The preservation of a significantly damaged tooth

Are You a Candidate?

If you are interested in receiving cosmetic gum surgery, here are a few things that make you a great candidate for the procedure. 

  • If you are self-conscious of your smile
  • If your dental professional has recommended the procedure
  • If you are experiencing gum recession or deterioration 
  • If you notice your smile might have excessive gum tissue
  • If you are experiencing speech interferences or consuming certain foods such as ice cream from a cone

The best way to ensure that you are the proper candidate to receive cosmetic gum surgery is to ask your cosmetic dentist in Frisco. A cosmetic dentist can examine your smile and derive a unique treatment plan for you. Schedule your appointment with Lone Star Dental Care to get your cosmetic dental plan started.

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