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Gum Surgery

Gum Surgery Overview | National Dental Centre Singapore

Gum Surgery - What it is

Your dentist or the gum specialist may advise surgery to improve or correct the gum appearance or to adjust the gum and bone level for the restorative treatment of your tooth. This type of gum surgery can be considered as a minor operation under local anaesthesia.

Some reasons why aesthetic gum surgery may be prescribed are as follows:

i. To lengthen the tooth crown by exposing more of the tooth structure

Your tooth requires a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure such as a crown or bridge but as your tooth is decayed or its structure broken below the gum line, there is limited tooth structure for a proper restoration. Crown-lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth in order for it to be restored adequately.

Gum surgery to lengthen tooth crown - National Dental Centre Singapore

ii. To improve the appearance of your gum line if your teeth are covered by too much gums (e.g. ‘gummy smile’)

You may not like the way your upper teeth shows when you smile because it appears short as a result of being covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist performs an aesthetic crown-lengthening procedure on the affected teeth to enhance the gum line for a more natural broad smile.

Gum surgery to adjust gum line for more natural broad smile - NDCS

iii. To graft the teeth areas where there is gum recession, thus helping prevent further recession or root sensitivity

Gum recession due to various causes can lead to exposed tooth roots which may then result in root sensitivity, food plaque accumulation or an uneven gum line with the neighbouring teeth. Gum graft surgery aims to cover the gum recession area and help to prevent further recession and the loss of its underlying bone. During this operation, gum tissue is taken from the palate gum area and then stitched to cover the exposed root.

After healing, tooth sensitivity may be reduced and the aesthetics of your smile is improved, in addition to improved gum health!

Gum graft surgery to prevent root sensitivity - NDCS

Gum Surgery - Symptoms

Gum Surgery - How to prevent?

Gum Surgery - Causes and Risk Factors

Gum Surgery - Diagnosis

Gum Surgery - Treatments

Gum Surgery - Preparing for surgery

Gum Surgery - Post-surgery care

Gum Surgery - Other Information

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