Treatment for Swollen Gums
If you have a “gummy smile” or are self-conscious about swollen gums, consider the benefits of periodontal plastic surgery to improve the appearance of your smile. Many patients with a “gummy smile” can benefit from an esthetic crown lengthening procedure that works to remove excess gum tissue and expose more of the natural tooth structure. If your gums have become swollen because of periodontal disease, inflammation, or another reason, Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA will most likely treat these conditions first before performing any type of periodontal plastic surgery procedure.
How Esthetic Crown Lengthening Works
The esthetic crown lengthening procedure is also known as a gum lift. It is typically performed on the entire smile and helps to create a wider, more beautiful, and natural looking smile. In addition to providing cosmetic benefits, this procedure can help to preserve the health of the smile because removing excess gum tissue may help to prevent periodontal disease. Since the procedure increases the exposed surface areas of the teeth, it decreases the pocket depths between the teeth and gums where bacteria can spread and possibly destroy the gum and bone tissues.
Before your procedure, Dr. Rosen will administer local anesthetic to the gums to prevent pain and discomfort. He will make small incisions in the gum tissue to separate the gums from the teeth. In some cases, a small amount of bone will need to be removed to create a more natural looking smile. After the procedure is over, Dr. Rosen will clean the incisions and place a protective bandage over the area. This will help the gums to heal and reattach to adjacent areas. You will return to our office for an evaluation one to two weeks after the procedure.
Are you looking for a doctor that provides periodontal treatment in Lexington, MA? If you have swollen gums or want to learn more about periodontal plastic surgery procedures, schedule your consultation with Dr. Rosen today!