Your gum disease treatment will depend on several factors, including your personal health history and the stage of your gum disease.
This page covers:
• Crown Lengthening
• Dental Implant Placement Surgery
• Gum Rejuvenation
Sometimes, scaling and root planing isn’t enough treatment on its own. If pockets do not heal enough after scaling and root planing, gum surgery may be needed. Surgery allows your dentist to remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas. Afterward, your gums will be stitched into place to hug your teeth tightly. Surgery can also help to shrink pocket depth and make it easier for you to keep your teeth clean.
At each periodontal maintenance visit, we will review your medical history, noting any compromised health conditions (i.e., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy, or immunosuppressive disorders) that can affect the stability of your periodontal condition. We will perform an oral cancer exam, measure your pocket depths and note any bleeding sites, and review your plaque control effectiveness. We will also thoroughly scale and remove plaque and tartar buildup, accessing those areas where you can’t reach just by brushing and flossing.
At the end of your maintenance appointment, we will customize a “plan of attack” based on your needs to aid you in preserving your healthy, natural smile.
There are some occasions when we may make the recommendation to remove a permanent tooth. If a tooth is badly damaged or decayed, or there is a significant amount of trauma that would make a repair impossible, we will recommend extracting the tooth.
Before removing the tooth, our dentists will inject a local anesthetic to numb the area, and if necessary, we may use a general anesthetic. We want the procedure to be as painless as possible.
Once the tooth has been pulled, gauze will be placed in the empty socket to stop any bleeding, and if necessary, we will use stitches to close the gum over the extraction point. Your dentist will recommend pain medications to assist with any discomfort following the procedure. You will need to continue to change out gauze pads for the first three to four hours to ensure bleeding stops. Use an ice pack to limit swelling. Twenty-four hours after the extraction, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Eat soft foods and avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours after the extraction.
If you experience bleeding that continues past several hours after your procedure, or if you experience severe pain or swelling, contact Levy Dental Arts right away.
Crown lengthening is a procedure to address an excessive gingival display, otherwise known as a gummy smile. A person with a gummy smile appears to have short teeth. Their teeth are actually the typical size, but excess gum tissue partially covers them. The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gumline. Some people request crown lengthening for cosmetic purposes, while others need the procedure to expose decayed or broken areas of teeth.
Crown lengthening surgery involves the removal of excess tissue of the gum and bone. The primary purpose of this surgical procedure is to ensure that your teeth look longer, and usually, it is carried out by periodontists, dentists, or gum specialists.
After your surgery, your dentist will give you a pain reliever that will ease your pain. You will also be asked to apply a pack of ice to the treatment area so that swelling will be reduced. You should eat soft foods during your recovery period, and brushing should be done with care. Within 7 to 10 days, your stitches should be able to come off. Typically, your gums will heal up within three months. Afterward, you can go for other cosmetic procedures like veneers, tooth whitening, or bonding.
For the best crown lengthening surgery, Levy Dental Arts is the perfect clinic to visit. You can’t get it better elsewhere, especially in today’s world.