Periodontal surgery refers to a wide range of procedures that address issues related to the gum tissues. At Energy Dental, we use cutting-edge soft tissue lasers to perform minimally invasive periodontal surgeries, ensuring safe, precise, and natural-looking results. We provide a wide range of periodontal surgeries, including crown lengthening, gum lifts, bone grafting, gum grafting, and gum depigmentation. Our highly skilled and experienced periodontists curate personalized treatment plans according to your unique goals.
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that balances the proportions of your gums and visible teeth. It’s generally suitable for patients with a “gummy smile,” i.e., when a disproportionate volume of the natural tooth is covered by gum tissues. If you have a gummy smile, you may feel self-conscious about smiling and have a higher risk of gum disease and periodontitis.
Crown lengthening is performed as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia. Your periodontist will use soft tissue lasers and other tools to remove excess gum tissues and help you achieve the ideal gum-to-teeth contours. In some cases, the periodontist may have to remove some of the bone tissues surrounding the tooth for optimal results.
A gum lift, also known as gum contouring or gum reshaping, is a periodontal surgery meant for patients with receding gum tissues. The procedure restores your gum tissues to their normal coverage for aesthetic and medical reasons. You may need a gum lift if your gums have receded enough to expose the roots of your teeth, causing extreme sensitivity.
Your gum lift is performed as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia. The surgery may involve making a small hole in the gum tissue, through which the gum tissues are loosened and moved to the desired location. However, the surgeon may also use different techniques based on your unique condition and goals. Please contact your dentist to explore your options.
Bone grafting, also known as bone augmentation, is a procedure wherein bone grafting materials are placed in parts of your jaw to facilitate natural bone regeneration. This is done to increase the quantity and quality of your jawbone, usually in order to create a strong foundation for a dental implant. If you’re getting dental implants, you need sufficient jawbone tissues, and that’s where bone grafting may become necessary.
Bone grafting can be performed using numerous materials, including bone tissues taken from another part of your body, animal donors, human cadavers, or synthetic materials. The bone grafting procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. The dentist makes an incision on your gums, places the bone graft into the socket, and closes the incision. The bone grafting material will facilitate bone regeneration in the area.
Gum grafting is a procedure where gum grafts are used to facilitate gum regeneration in specific areas. This procedure is usually performed to reverse gum recession or gingivitis, especially when your gums have receded enough to expose the roots of your teeth. Gum recession eventually leads to bone loss and loose teeth, thus increasing the risk of tooth loss.
During the gum grafting procedure, your periodontist will harvest a piece of gum tissue from somewhere else in your mouth and place it at the site with insufficient gum tissues. The gum graft will be secured in place using sutures. Over time, the connective soft tissue will heal and become a part of the gum tissue while facilitating gum regeneration. This procedure reverses the damage caused by gingivitis.
Gum depigmentation is a procedure that lightens dark gums or dark spots on the gums. You may suffer from oral pigmentation for numerous reasons, such as smoking, metal leaching from dental restoration, medications, and medical conditions. Dark gums are usually harmless, but they can cause self-consciousness, which can prevent you from smiling or laughing comfortably.
We use numerous techniques for gum depigmentation, including laser gum lightening, bleaching, dermabrasion, and gum surgery. During laser gum lightening, intense pulses of light destroy the melanin cells responsible for oral pigmentation, brightening your gums. We can also apply a bleaching agent on your gums and activate it with a laser, thereby removing the surface stains and discoloration. Dr. Laya Omranian will select the ideal procedure based on the root cause of your oral pigmentation.
Energy Dental is a state-of-the-art dental clinic led by a talented team of dentists and periodontists. We use cutting-edge technologies, such as soft tissue and hard tissue lasers to perform a wide range of periodontal procedures without harsh side effects, complications, or downtime. Our surgeries are specifically designed according to your unique goals to ensure optimal results and recovery. Please schedule an appointment to explore your periodontal surgery options in Houston, TX.