Perfect Gums for a Beautiful Smile
Your gums are just as important as the health and appearance of your teeth. They act as a frame for your smile. The position and shape of your gums, underlying bone, and even your lips can influence the beauty of your teeth.
Here at our office in Nashua, Dr. Bobbitt can change the appearance of your gums to give you a natural-looking, beautiful smile. Learn how soft tissue grafting or crown lengthening may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery Options
Periodontal plastic surgery aims to enhance the health and appearance of your gums. Using the latest techniques, Dr. Bobbitt can customize each procedure to meet your unique needs and achieve your best smile.
Depending on your treatment goals, our practice offers two different types of gum correction procedures⎼crown lengthening and soft tissue grafting.
Soft Tissue Crown Lengthening
Soft Tissue Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth or an entire gum line to correct a smile with up to four millimeters of excessive gum tissue, commonly known as a “gummy” smile. This procedure can lift the gum line and remove excess tissue to expose a greater portion of the tooth, making them appear longer.
Hard “Osseous” Tissue Crown Lengthening
Osseous Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth or an entire gum line to correct a smile that is disfigured by excessive gum display due to the incomplete eruption of the teeth. This is often needed in cases where tooth decay extends under the gumline.
Soft Tissue Grafting
A soft tissue graft uses your existing gum tissue or to expand and repair damaged gums, thus enhancing the appearance of your smile. During the procedure, Dr. Bobbitt will take small pieces of tissue from your mouth or use a grafting material from a tissue bank to form your new gums. He’ll connect the new tissue to your existing gums and shape it to look completely natural.