Cosmetic Soft Tissue Surgery
While soft tissue surgery can be daunting, the benefits of cosmetic surgeries can improve the functionality of your gums as well as the aesthetic appeal of your smile. At the Periodontal Group PC
in Highland and Valparaiso, IN, we are dedicated to providing individualized care for every one of our patients.
Cosmetic Tissue Grafting
Gum recession affects 4% to 12% of adults, and many people don’t pay enough attention to combat the dangers of gum recession on teeth until it’s already too late. Gum recession, if left untreated, exposes the tooth’s root, resulting in tooth sensitivity especially when eating hot and cold foods, and eventual tooth loss. Gum tissue grafts repair the receding area, leading to improved tissue quality, further recession prevention, and root coverage.
What is Gum Grafting?
Gum grafting takes gum tissue from the upper palate and then repurposes the tissue in order to protect the affected area that is receding. Depending on the severity of the gum recession, differing techniques can be conducted in order to meet the patient’s needs and preferences. Options of using material from a grafting bank are also available.
The gum grafting procedure has a 90% success rate, therefore patients can feel confident the procedure will benefit them. Recovery from this procedure normally takes 4-6 weeks, during which patients will be asked not to brush or floss near the newly repaired area. Patients may be put on additional antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, and patients will be asked to consume a diet consisting of cool, soft foods such as eggs, pasta, yogurt, tender vegetables, and ice cream.
Although there is nothing medically wrong with gummy smiles, patients often feel embarrassed by their teeth when the proportion between their gums and teeth are disproportionate to the patient’s liking. Adjusting a gummy smile can lead to patients feeling more confident in their natural smile.
Factors that can affect a gummy smile include the amount of gum tissue displayed, the size and shape of the teeth, the length and the degree of movement of the upper lip, the vertical position of the upper jaw and teeth in relation to the skull.
Visit our Highland and Valparaiso Periodontists Today
Cosmetic soft tissue surgery often leaves patients with more confidence with their smile. Increasing the health and stability of teeth through cosmetic soft tissue surgery. Contact us at (219) 838-6500 for the Highland, IN location or at (219) 462-2340 for the Valparaiso, IN Location, to schedule your consultation.
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