Periodontal Surgery in Las Vegas
Periodontal surgery refers to the cosmetic procedure that reduces the amount of gum tissue to improve the appearance of your smile. There are two main types of periodontal plastic surgery. Learn more about the services we offer at Balle & Associates.
Esthetic crown lengthening
A “gummy” smile doesn’t have to be your reality. With esthetic crown lengthening, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. During the procedure, Dr. Balle or Dr. Guild will remove excess gum and bone tissue to reshape the smile. The goal is to expose more of the natural tooth. Your dentist can perform the procedure on just one tooth, but it is often done on the entire smile. The result is exposing more of the natural tooth surface to create a wider, more beautiful smile.
Your dentist will perform the crown lengthening procedure to preserve the health of the smile as it stands and even work to improve it in the long run by making your oral care more manageable. Removing excess gum tissue with gum surgery can help with treating and preventing periodontal disease.
When your dentist increases the exposed surface of the tooth, it decreases the depth of periodontal pockets between the teeth and gums. Bacteria can often grow in these pockets, harm your oral health, and possibly lead to gum disease.
Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to enhance patient comfort. After the procedure, you will return for a follow-up appointment to evaluate your healing process.
Functional crown lengthening
Your dentist may recommend a functional crown lengthening to perform other cosmetic or restorative procedures.
For example, you may require crown lengthening if:
- Your tooth is severely decayed
- Your tooth is damaged below the gum line
- Your tooth has insufficient structure for a restoration like a crown or bridge
In cases like this, your dentist may want to lower the gum and bone levels to expose more of the root surface for proper restoration.
Consult with your dentist about your treatment options. Your dentist can discuss with you recommendations for reshaping the gums and bones. He or she will need adequate room to place high-quality restorations.
If excess gum tissue is affecting your smile or the possibility of a tooth restoration, you may require gum reduction surgery.
Las Vegas Periodontal Surgery Options
If you’re afraid of showing your “gummy” smile, consider periodontal surgery. Balle & Associates is the number one cosmetic dentistry office in Las Vegas. We have over 20 years of experience. Call today for your consultation to determine if this procedure is right for you.
However, if you are nervous about getting periodontal surgery and would like to learn alternative treatments for gum reduction, talk to the staff at Balle & Associates about your options for Botox and fillers.