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Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures: What Are They?

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It’s understandable to want a perfect smile. Not enjoying our smile can severely impact our relationship with self-image. However, being dissatisfied with our smile because of oral health issues due to our teeth, gums, or facial injuries is not something to be ashamed of. Cosmetic and plastic periodontal surgeries can be performed to provide patients with a smile they can love. These surgeries can correct uneven gum lines or problems caused by missing teeth. 

The team at Union City Oral Surgery Group understands the importance of a healthy smile. Being uncomfortable in your smile can seep into social interactions, making it challenging to feel comfortable in space. Our cosmetic specialists are committed to helping patients find joy in their smiles and will go the extra mile to help them achieve their cosmetic goals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you regain confidence in your smile. 

3 Common Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures 

Cosmetic periodontal surgeries are performed to provide patients with a more aesthetic smile. These restorative and cosmetic procedures correct uneven gum lines, issues caused by missing teeth, or other conditions that may be negatively impacting someone’s smile. Common cosmetic periodontal procedures performed include:

Gingival Flap Surgery

One of the most common types of periodontal surgery is gingival flap surgery. This surgery is a gum lift surgery that recontours the gums in order to improve the appearance of a smile. Other forms of this surgery include gingivoplasty and gingivectomy. 

During a gingivoplasty procedure, the gum tissue is recontoured to eliminate diseased soft tissue from the wall of the periodontal pocket. A gingivectomy, on the other hand, is performed to recontour gingiva that has lost its normal form and involves the removal of not just the diseased tissue, but the entire portion of the gum tissue. 

These procedures are often performed to correct gummy smiles, remove excess tissue from enlarged gums, or lengthen the crown of a tooth that will receive a restoration. 

Mucogingival Surgery

Mucogingival surgery is a complicated type of periodontal surgery. This type of surgery is reserved for advanced periodontal gum disease, especially when denuded root surfaces need coverage. The procedure is also recommended for removable denture patients to deepen the oral vestibule and relocate the frenum. 

The oral vestibule is the space bounded by the cheeks, lips, and teeth, whereas the frenum is a small band of tissue in the lip and cheek area. Increasing the depth of the oral vestibule helps improve the retention of the removable dentures and relocating the frenum prevents the dislodgement of the prosthesis. 

Osseous Surgery

Osseous is a type of surgery meant to address advanced periodontal disease by focusing on the management of the destruction caused by periodontal gum disease. The procedure involves the manipulation of the bone tissue, particularly in reshaping or restoring its ideal form.  

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Periodontal Surgery?

Periodontal surgery is typically only recommended for cases of severe periodontal disease or to enhance smile aesthetics. Common reasons patients may need periodontal surgery include:

  • Receding gums
  • Gummy smile
  • Swollen, bleeding, or red gums
  • Deep pockets between the gums and teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bad breath

Periodontal surgery can help restore a patient’s gum health and prevent gum disease from spreading infection to the rest of the body. 

Contact an Experienced Cosmetic Periodontal Surgeon Today

When it comes to your smile, it’s essential to feel confident that your best interests are prioritized. At Union City Oral Surgery Group, our surgeons have completed advanced training to ensure our patients achieve the best possible results. We go the extra mile to provide our patients with the exceptional surgical experience they need to fall in love with their smile again. 

Union City Oral Surgery Group is committed to our patients by being there for them before, during, and after their surgical procedures. We are determined to help our patients achieve their cosmetic goals. Contact us through our online contact form to learn more about how we can help you, or schedule an appointment by calling (201) 601-9262.