Periodontal plastic surgery is used to improve the looks and functionality of the patient’s mouth and teeth. Procedures may not be necessary to have healthy teeth, but are done because plastic surgery may be best way to improve the way you feel about your mouth and your teeth.
The First Type Of Dental Plastic Surgery: Esthetic Crown Lengthening
This procedure is often referred to as a “gum lift”. If you feel your smile shows too much of your gums, you may opt for this procedure to expose more of your natural teeth. This cosmetic dental surgery is fairly simple and is performed in around an hour. Basically, Dr. Toms will remove excess bone and gum tissue with small incisions. With plastic surgery like this, more of your natural smile will show, and less of your gums. This procedure is often done on the entire mouth, although it can be done on just one tooth.
You will receive a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable before the procedure starts. Dr. Toms will then make small incisions to remove gum and bone tissue to create a more natural smile. After the dental surgery, the incisions will be cleaned and bandaged in order to protect the tissue. Your gums will then reattach after some time, and you will follow up with Dr. Toms anywhere from one to two weeks later.
Although this plastic surgery is typically done for cosmetic reasons, it can also help to improve the overall health of your mouth. By removing excess tissue from your mouth, you reduce the risk of dealing with periodontal disease. By increasing the amount of tooth in your mouth, you lessen the overall space for pockets of bacteria to grow.
The Second Type: Functional Crown Lengthening
This type of dental surgery is similar to the first mentioned, but is done if a tooth is too far decayed or broken, or doesn’t have the structure needed for a restoration procedure, such as a bridge or a crown. Before the restorative surgery is done, Dr. Toms may need to go in and remove some gum and bone tissue in order to prepare for the upcoming surgery. The difference is that with this procedure, Dr. Toms will need to completely reshape the gum line and supporting bone in order to ensure that the tooth will have enough room for a quality restoration job.
This procedure is also similar to the first in how it is performed. The difference is that you will need sutures after the gums are reshaped that will need to be removed after about six weeks, when the final restorative surgery will take place.