What Is Periodontal Plastic Surgery?
Periodontal plastic surgery is another name for procedures that involve reducing the extra gum tissue around your teeth, otherwise known as crown lengthening.
Dr. Samuel DeAngelo is a periodontist who specializes in treatments involving the gums and is happy to offer periodontal plastic surgery in our Cary, NC practice. There are two main types of crown lengthening procedures, both of which are used to improve the appearance of your smile and your oral health.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Do you have a “gummy smile?” Does your gummy smile keep you from smiling in pictures and leave you feeling self-conscious when meeting new people? Esthetic crown lengthening is often used to reduce the extra gum tissue around the teeth, giving a smile a wider, brighter appearance. In this simple procedure, Dr. DeAngelo trims away excess gum tissue to expose more of the natural tooth.
This gum contouring can be completed on one tooth, but is often performed on your entire smile. A health benefit of gum contouring is the reduction of pockets depths around your teeth, which helps to control and prevent periodontal disease by decreasing the spaces where bacteria like to hide and multiply.