Periodontal Plastic Surgery in Gilbert, AZ
Periodontal plastic surgery is a restorative dental care procedure that is utilized to correct the appearance or function of the gum line by removing gum tissue. Dr. Elizabeth Tandy offers two types of periodontal plastic surgery: esthetic crown lengthening and functional crown lengthening.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
This type of periodontal plastic surgery removes excess gum tissue to create a more appealing look for patients with too much visible gum tissue. With this restorative dental care method, Dr. Tandy will surgically remove a portion of gum tissue to allow more of your tooth to show, transforming your smile with a more radiant, less gummy appearance.
The procedure takes roughly an hour to perform. Dr. Tandy will administer an anesthetic to ensure your comfort while incisions are made in the gums to facilitate their separation and removal. A small portion of bone may be extracted in certain patients to effect a more natural presentation. All incisions are cleaned, sutured, and bandaged so that the gum tissue will reattach to the teeth. After one to two weeks, a visit to Dr. Tandy is scheduled for removal of sutures and an evaluation.
Crown lengthening may be performed for one single problem tooth or to enhance your entire smile.
Functional Crown Lengthening
This type of periodontal plastic surgery is generally used in conjunction with other restorative procedures. When a tooth is broken below the gum line, for example, Dr. Tandy may need to reduce the gum line and possibly some jaw bone to uncover more of the tooth surface in order to restore it properly. This procedure is performed in a similar fashion to esthetic crown lengthening. However, after the sutures are removed, additional restorative dental care will be necessary such as the placement of a crown or a bridge.
Dr. Elizabeth Tandy, the periodontist at Palo Verde Implant & LASER Periodontics in Gilbert, AZ and serving Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, Chandler and the entire East Valley area, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Dr. Tandy offers a variety of treatment options including the LANAP Laser Treatment, Periodontal Plastic Surgery (or gum grafting), Dental Implants, Implant Supported Dentures, and Sedation to make her patients more comfortable during their treatment.. Call (480) 782-1131 to schedule your appointment or click here to schedule your appointment online!