GUM AND OSSEOUS SURGERY TREATMENTS
The gums and teeth may require corrective treatment for several reasons, including periodontal disease, gummy smile correction, trauma, and birth defects. Periodontal disease can damage the natural appearance of a patient’s gums and mouth, which in turn affects the confidence of his or her smile. Gum and osseous surgery treatments can help correct a variety of health and aesthetic concerns.Contact a Periodontist Now!
GUM AND OSSEOUS SURGERY TREATMENTS
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening
Aesthetic crown lengthening is usually performed to correct a gummy smile. In some cases, the teeth look short and stubby and partly covered by gum tissue due to either genetics or gingivitis. Brentwood gummy smile surgeons Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky perform this procedure to expose more of the patient’s teeth. In gum reduction surgery, the excess gum tissue is removed to reshape the outline of the gums. The tooth is then more exposed creating a fuller, more attractive smile. The same procedure can also be done to create a more aesthetic gum line for dental crowns and other restorative procedures.
Functional Crown Lengthening
Functional crown lengthening is performed when the tooth is too short for crown placement, or cavities extend deep into the tissue. The goal is to expose more tooth structure in order to retain a crown and improve the health and longevity of the restoration.
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Gum Graft/Soft Tissue Graft
Gum grafts (also called gum lifts) are performed to correct unevenness and to restore symmetry to the gum line, which are gum disease symptoms, and as gum disease treatment. Trauma and periodontal disease can sometimes cause the gums to recede, resulting in a patient’s tooth to look unnatural and long. Gum grafts are often used to re-contour the gum line and give the teeth a more pleasing appearance.
To prepare for receding gum line surgery, the patient’s gum line is examined for whether or not gum tissue has receded due to periodontal disease or trauma. If that is the case, patients may need to have the damaged tissue replaced. This is usually done by removing a small amount of tissue from the roof of the mouth or with an artificial tissue and attaching it to the affected site. This procedure can help reduce further gum recession, cover exposed roots, reduce risk of root sensitivity, and give your teeth a more cosmetically pleasing appearance. Contact Los Angeles gum recession experts Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky for more information.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
Pocket reduction surgery is performed to clean the root surfaces of the teeth below the gum line. When periodontal disease is present, the supporting tissue and bone around the tooth is destroyed, forming pockets around the tooth that become deeper over time, allowing a greater chance for bacteria to thrive. During pocket reduction surgery, Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky will remove the disease-causing bacteria, and in some cases, smooth the irregular surfaces of the damaged bone in which bacteria can hide, in order to halt the progression of periodontal disease and maintain overall oral health.
COMMON JAWBONE TREATMENTS
Bone grafting thickens the jawbone to allow for the successful placement of dental implants. Bone grafts can also help elevate the sinus floor, fill craters in the jawbone, and restore lost bone around teeth from periodontal disease. The grafting material may be harvested from the patient himself, or artificial bone may be used. In most cases, a small opening is made in the jawbone and then packed with the bone grafting material. Sutures are placed, and restorative treatments are performed once healing is complete.
Ridge modification procedures are used to treat deformities in the jawbone which have occurred due to periodontal disease, trauma, or birth defects. During the ridge modification procedure, Dr. Aalam or Dr. Krivitsky gently pulls the gum away from the bone to fully expose the defect. The defect is then filled with bone graft material and sutured closed. When healing occurs, the cosmetic appearance of the jaw is much improved and implants can be successfully placed where necessary.
This procedure is usually performed prior to the placement of dental implants. The success of an implant is highly dependent on the quantity and quality of the jawbone to which it will be attached. If the jawbone has receded, a sinus augmentation can slightly elevate the sinus floor to allow new bone to form. Generally, a small incision is made and the underlying space is packed with grafting material. The incision is sutured closed, and the implant will be placed once healing has occurred.
Gum and Osseous Surgery Treatments at The CENTER in LA
The CENTER is a periodontal office that provides excellent and skilled periodontal and implant therapy at affordable prices to restore patients’ oral health and aesthetics throughout Southern California. Dr. Alexandre Aalam and Dr. Alina Krivitsky are the only two board-certified periodontists in the Brentwood area, and offer specialized skills in oral hygiene, restoring gums and teeth. These procedures help to preserve a natural looking smile.
Contact the CENTER, a Los Angeles periodontal office, at (310) 299-8329 to schedule a consultation and ensure that you keep a healthy looking smile tomorrow.
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