Periodontal Surgery

Soft Tissue Surgery

Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

A soft tissue graft (gum graft) is used to replace lost gum tissue and correct gum recession.This procedure offers predictable ways to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. This will help protect the tooth roots from cavities. It is also extremely important that dental implants are surrounded by healthy gum tissue just like natural teeth. Sometimes soft tissue grafts are necessary as part of dental implant treatment.

Short appearing teeth can also be corrected surgical treatment. While the teeth may visually appear short, they are often the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. Dr. Filippi can correct this with a periodontal plastic surgery procedure called crown lengthening surgery. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.

Gum Grafting

When gum recession occurs the body can lose its natural defense against bacterial penetration and trauma. People can also develop root sensitivity to hot, cold and tooth brushing, as well as cavities on the exposed root. In the front of the mouth, gum recession can lead to a compromised appearance. If a patient has only minor recession (1-2 mm), the area usually can be monitored. If the recession is severe (3+ mm) or if the gums have been lost, a gum graft is used to treat the area by reconstructing the missing gums and covering the gum recession. A gum graft is when a small piece of gum tissue is transplanted from the palate (top of the mouth) into the affected area. People who have many teeth that need treatment can consider using cadaver tissue instead of the palate. Like teeth, dental implants need to be surrounded by healthy gums. Gum grafting can also be used to restore missing gums around dental implants. Gum grafting is a routine and predictable procedure.

A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root. Gum grafts are highly predictable and result in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth or dental implant.

Before and After

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Some people have an excess of gums tissue covering natural enamel. The causes the teeth to appear short and juvenile in nature. A routine procedure call “esthetic crown lengthening surgery” the excess gum and bone can be remove to create normal appearing teeth.

Before and After


A frenum is the attachment some people have between the inside of the lip and the jaw. In the upper jaw the frenum can go between the two front teeth and prevent the teeth from naturally closing together. It can also cause the space between the two from teeth to reopen after orthodontic treatment. Removing the frenum in the upper jaw will allow the space between the two front teeth to be closed and stay closed. In the lower jaw the frenum can attach to the gum line of one or both of the bottom front teeth. This usually leads to gum recession. A frenectomy by itself (on top) or in conjunction with a gum graft (on the bottom) will eliminate the risk of future problems.

Maxillary Frenum

Mandibular Frenum

Request An Appointment

If you are ready to have a bright and healthy smile, feel free stop by our office Monday through Thursday. You can also request an appointment or simply give us a call.

Dental Website Design
Dental Patient Education
Dentist Network Online
Privacy Policy
Site Map