Periodontal plastic surgery refers to cosmetic procedures performed on the gums to enhance the appearance and overall health of your smile. It is also known as gum reduction surgery and may be necessary when there is an excessive amount of gum tissue around the teeth. The procedure can be performed for both esthetic and functional reasons.
Functional Crown Lengthening
If you have a tooth that is broken below the gum line or there is not enough structure available to accommodate a restoration, such as a crown or bridge, you may be a candidate for a functional crown lengthening procedure. This procedure involves modifying the gums and supporting bone to expose more of the tooth structure for functional purposes.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
If you are self-conscious about having a gummy smile, you may be a good candidate for the esthetic crown lengthening procedure. This procedure takes about an hour to perform and is also known as a gum lift. Dr. Guirguis will remove excess bone and gum tissue to reshape the smile and expose more of the natural tooth structure. As more of the tooth surface is exposed, the result becomes a wider and more attractive smile. Once the procedure is complete, the newly contoured gums will reattach to each other and form a new gum line.
If you have a gummy smile or require crown lengthening to enable the placement of a restoration, we can help. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Guirguis in Elyria or Westlake, OH today!