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.
ii. To improve the appearance of
your gum line if your teeth are
covered by too much gums (e.g.
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
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!
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