Cosmetic Gum Surgery

What Is Cosmetic Gum Surgery?

cosmetic gum surgeryThe teeth are the star attraction of anyone’s smile. However, the gums are just as important. When the gums look healthy and are the right size, they can frame the stars, your teeth. If they aren’t however, your teeth can look too small or large giving you a gummier smile. Thanks to the expertise of Dr. Tom McNeely, your Shreveport Louisiana periodontist, your gums and teeth can always look their best with cosmetic gum surgery.

About Cosmetic Gum Surgery

Cosmetic gum surgery can help correct many gum issues. Besides making the smile look better, it can also restore both the health and the function of the gums when they have suffered damage because of dental disease. Gum recession occurs when plaque is not removed from the surface of the teeth. This gum disease triggers inflammation, which can cause tissue damage if left untreated. Dr. McNeely is well versed in treatment options related to gum disease with cosmetic gum surgery being one of them.

Ultimately, a normal smile is relative in that it can be something different for a variety of people. A normal smile typically has a rounded arch in the gum with a specific amount of the teeth showing. This balance is what make the smile look so attractive. Gum recession can lead to health issues because of the tooth’s dentin being exposed.

Before cosmetic gum surgery occurs, gum disease should be treated and under control. To stop infection and to let the gums heal, plaque and other calcium should be removed with scaling and root planning. Grafting is one of the most popular techniques to this type of surgery. It takes living tissue and places it where it is needed most in the patient’s mouth. A surgeon will remove a thin layer of the skin from a donor site and apply it where needed to the recipient site. If there are exposed tooth roots, connective tissue may be used. The tissue is separated from the donor site and covered with a flap of tissue in order to be attached. This allows it to be connected to its original blood supply.

Gummy Smile

After Gum Recontouring Surgery


Gummy Smile at the End of Orthodontic Treatment 

After Gum Recontouring Surgery


Gummy Smile at the End of Orthodontic Treatment 

After Gum Recontouring Surgery


Gummy Smile with Short Upper Lip 

After Gum Recontouring Surgery


Gummy Smile with Thin Upper Lip 

After Gum Recontouring Surgery

Short Teeth 

Full Crown Exposed After Crown Lengthening


Uneven Tooth Lengths 
 

After Crown Lengthening to Adjust Gum Heights 


Short Teeth

After Crown Lengthening Surgery

After New Crowns


Gummy Smile With Old Bonding 

After Crown Lengthening and After New Crowns
(Crowns by Dr. Paul Heilman, Shreveport, LA) 

 

Before Crown Lengthening and Gum Graft Surgery 

After Crown Lengthening and Gum Grafting Surgery
(New Crowns by Dr. Paul Heilman, Shreveport, LA)

Are you interested in cosmetic gum surgery? Call Tom McNeely, DDS, MS in Shreveport, LA, Natchitoches, LA, and Minden, LA at (800) 845-0063 or (318) 226-9306 to learn more!