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Periodontal Plastic Surgery in Hixson, TN

Periodontal Plastic Surgery in Pleasant View, UT

For most patients who consult the periodontist for Chattanooga, TN, receding gums are of great concern. However, those patients with too much gum tissue visit Dr. Charles McBrayer to have their gums trimmed back. This procedure, known as periodontal plastic surgery is performed to improve the health and appearance of the teeth with either esthetic crown lengthening or functional crown lengthening.

What is Esthetic Crown Lengthening?

With this method, Dr. McBrayer surgically separates the excess gum tissue that creates your gummy smile from your teeth. The removal of bone tissue may also be necessary. Receding gums in this manner can result in a dramatic improvement in appearance by uncovering more of the tooth surface. Esthetic crown lengthening can also be performed to even out the gum line or contour the shape of the gums around the teeth for a more pleasant or symmetrical look.

What is Functional Crown Lengthening?

With this method, Dr. McBrayer will trim the gums to gain access to a tooth root in order to place a restoration. This is often due to a fracture, injury, or possible decay that makes the remaining tooth structure impossible to reshape or extract due to inaccessibility. Dr. McBrayer must surgically expose your tooth root, reshaping the gum tissue and bone to accommodate a future restoration, such as a dental crown or dental bridge.

Is Periodontal Plastic Surgery for Receding Gums?

Periodontal plastic surgery should not be confused with gum grafting, which is for the treatment of receding gums and increases the amount of gum tissue. Periodontal plastic surgery is for patients who are unhappy with their smile due to “short teeth” caused by excess gum tissue or those who have a tooth that has broken below the gum line. If you would like to talk to Dr. McBrayer about the benefits of periodontal plastic surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation with the periodontist for Chattanooga, TN.


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