Hard Tissue Surgery
Functional Crown Lengthening
Periodontal procedures are available to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they are covered with too much gum tissue. Crown lengthening is a procedure to correct this condition.
During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is re-shaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
Crown lengthening can make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
Osseous Surgery And Open Flap Debridement
Gum disease is treated surgically to eliminate the deep gum pockets around the teeth. The infected gum tissue is trimmed away and uneven bone tissue re-contoured. Surgical access also improves the opportunity to remove calculus (tartar) from below the gums. By eliminating the deep pockets, the health of the mouth is more maintainable with routine care.
Bone Grafting (around teeth)
These are materials and techniques used to reconstruct bone around existing teeth. In some instances the effects of gum disease (ie bone loss) can be reversed by reconstructing the bone lost. Unfortunately this is not possible is all instances. Once an area has been surgically cleaned a bone graft material is immediately placed into the affected site. The goal is for the patient’s body to replace the bone graft material with natural bone. This stabilizes the affected tooth and eliminates the deep pocket for bacteria to collect.MORE ABOUT BONE GRAFTING