When you think “plastic surgery” in The Woodlands, chances are that your mouth isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But periodontal plastic surgery is both a safe and effective cosmetic treatment to enhance the appearance of your smile.
What is Periodontal Plastic Surgery?
Periodontal plastic surgery is a type of therapeutic and cosmetic treatment that involves adjusting the shape and contour of gum tissues. Healthy and properly shaped gums can:
- Enhance your smile’s appearance
- Erase the signs of “gummy” smiles
- Address being “long in the tooth”
- Reduce tooth sensitivity
- Lower your risk of tooth decay
- Help treat black triangles on teeth
How Does Periodontal Plastic Surgery Work?
If you have excessive or uneven gingiva (gum tissues) it can cause your teeth to look shorter or atypically shaped. Using a soft tissue laser, we can easily recontour the gumlines to establish a healthier, more appealing margin against your teeth. When your gums are too high, this form of tissue therapy reveals a larger surface area of enamel, creating a fuller and brighter smile.
On the other hand, some people have too little gum tissue. Rather than using a laser to reshape it, Dr. Saunders will perform periodontal plastic surgery to re-cover your exposed roots. This safe and effective treatment provides long-term success and is highly attractive.
Cosmetic Gum Treatments
Enhancing your teeth can help you feel more confident in your smile. But without healthy, symmetrical gums to frame them, it can still leave you feeling like something is missing. Periodontal plastic surgery is effective for both cosmetic purposes as well as oral health reasons. If you’ve suffered from gum disease in the past, our periodontist in The Woodlands will incorporate tissue therapy to help you preserve your smile’s function and beauty.
Symmetry is one of the most important elements of a beautiful smile. That’s why people spend so much time investing in straighter teeth, properly shaped crowns, and ensuring that things line up properly. Your gums are no exception! Having healthy gum tissues that gently curve across each tooth with a pointed “papilla” between your teeth is both ideal and attractive.
Do I Need Gum Plastic Surgery?
There are a dozen different reasons why someone may need to have their gums treated for cosmetic purposes. Perhaps you’ve had gum disease in the past and experienced tissue loss, leaving you with numerous exposed tooth roots. Recession isn’t just a cosmetic issue, it can drastically raise your chances of tooth mobility, sensitivity, and cavities.
Or maybe you’re struggling with the opposite problem: too much gum tissue. Certain types of medications can even cause an overgrowth of gingiva. Whereas women who see gum changes during pregnancy typically see those improve after giving birth. If you struggle with a gummy smile, then periodontal plastic surgery can give you irritation-free results in just one day. Practically no recovery time is needed.
Cosmetic Gum Treatment in The Woodlands
Call the office of Dr. Kip Saunders today to reserve an exam