Periodontal plastic surgery procedures are performed on the gums to improve the appearance and function of the smile and may involve soft tissue grafting techniques. If you are looking for a periodontist who can treat a gummy smile in Nassau County and Manhattan, NY, set up a consultation with Dr. Marc Levine. Dr. Levine can perform esthetic crown lengthening, functional crown lengthening, or soft tissue grafting techniques to improve the look and quality of your smile.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening Procedures
If you are self-conscious about a gummy smile and are looking for treatment to address this condition, talk with Dr. Levine about esthetic crown lengthening procedures. Dr. Levine can perform a gum lift within about an hour. In this procedure, Dr. Levine will remove excess gum and bone tissue. This can help to reshape the smile to expose more of the tooth structure. The procedure can be performed on a single tooth or on several teeth. The result is a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
In some cases, the procedure is performed to preserve the health of the smile and can help to prevent or control periodontal disease. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic and Dr. Levine will determine whether a small amount of bone will need to be removed to create a natural smile.
Functional Crown Lengthening Procedure
In some cases, a functional crown lengthening procedure may be more appropriate for treating a gummy smile or to enable the placement of a restoration. If a tooth is decayed or broken below the gum line, there is not enough tooth structure available to support a crown or a filling. In cases like these, Dr. Levine needs to lower the gum and bone levels to expose more of the root surface of the tooth structure. Trimming back the gum line may not be enough. Dr. Levine can reshape the gums and supporting bone structure to ensure adequate surface area to enable placement of a high quality restoration. This procedure is also performed under local anesthesia.
Soft Tissue Grafting
If you have lost gum tissue due to a receding gum line, Dr. Levine may need to replace your soft tissue in the areas affected by this condition. A gum graft involves taking tissue from another area in the mouth and grafting it onto the area in need. This is also performed under local anesthesia and can help to protect your teeth from further damage.
If you are looking for treatment for a gummy smile in Nassau County and Manhattan, NY, set up a consultation with Dr. Levine today. Dr. Levine can provide more information about soft tissue grafting procedures and other services that can restore your smile.