At Prevident Dental Clinics we have at your disposal other procedures such as:
Crown lengthening (gum lift) is a surgical procedure performed to expose more tooth structure for aesthetic and/or functional (restorative) reasons.A crown lengthening procedure may be performed to correct short teeth, excessive gingival coverage (gummy smile), or uneven gum contouring (aesthetic reasons). It may also be performed to correct subgingival caries (decay) or subgingival tooth/restoration fractures, both of which cause inflammation of the surrounding tissues and make oral hygiene more difficult.
Under normal circumstances, the root surface is surrounded by the overlying alveolar bone and gingival tissues (gums). Gingival recession often results from a normal physiological process (aging). Other causes such as periodontal disease, trauma, aggressive tooth brushing, high frenum (muscle attachment) or misaligned teeth can all lead to receding gums. People who have very thin gum tissue (thin periodontal biotype) are more prone to gingival recession. The exposed tooth/root surfaces are prone to caries (decay) and increased tooth sensitivity. The recession itself acts as a predisposing factor to retain dental plaque causing further inflammation and recession.Gingival grafting improves aesthetics, covers the tooth/root surface previously exposed, prevents further root exposure and facilitates oral hygiene by removing the cleft.
Surgical Tooth Exposure
This procedure is often performed on unerupted permanent (adult) tooth/teeth prior to orthodontic treatment. Frequent causes for tooth/teeth uneruption include: loss of space within the dental arch; over-retained deciduous (baby) tooth/teeth; blocked path of eruption; lack of eruptive force; or unknown reasons. The solution is to expose the unerupted tooth so that the orthodontist can move the tooth into the correct position.
This procedure is performed to remove an abnormally positioned frenum (muscle attachment). In some people, a frenulum may interfere with routine oral hygiene, may cause gingival recession, diastema formation, increased plaque accumulation and limited tongue movements.