Oral Plastic Surgery Overview
If a gorgeous smile is what you desire, you may need a little team spirit to achieve your goal. Sometimes it takes a collaborative effort to turn an ordinary smile into a true masterpiece. Although your dentist has the skill to straighten and whiten your teeth, it is often the job of a skilled periodontist to make sure that your gums look their best. Together, your general dentist and our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Donald Steinberg, can rejuvenate your smile with fantastically predictable results. At DFW Implant Team in Bedford, TX, we perform several types of oral plastic surgery depending on the needs of the patient to give them their best treatment and results. Even the subtlest change in the contour or position of your gum line can have a major impact on your smile. You may not think about the impact of your gums on your smile, but they actually play an important role in your appearance. For the best possible outcome, Dr. Steinberg will complete your surgery prior to your restorative dental procedures, but first you’ll need to schedule a personalized periodontal consultation. Contact our skilled team to make an appointment today.
Reasons for Oral Surgery
To fix a gummy smile
To treat excess gum tissue
To even the gumline
To cover exposed tooth roots
To treat gum recession
To fill indentations in the gums and bone
Oral Plastic Surgery Procedure
There are various safe and predictable periodontal procedures that can be employed when you desire a comprehensive approach for your new smile.
Gingival flap surgery: this procedure treats moderate to severe periodontitis by separating the soft tissue from the teeth and then deep cleaning the gum pockets
Gingivectomy: this procedure removes excess gum tissue to minimize the areas where bacteria and plaque can hide, while lengthening the visible tooth
Gingivoplasty: this procedure reshapes the soft gum tissue after the gums have receded and may involve gum grafts to fill in or strengthen areas of the gums
These surgical procedures can be performed as needed around individual teeth, or they may be performed in a generalized area of the mouth, according to the extent of your treatment plan. All procedures are performed under local anesthesia with your comfort and safety in mind from start to finish.
Oral Plastic Surgery Aftercare
After oral plastic surgery, the patient should take care to follow a regular oral care routine, including proper brushing and flossing, as well as an antibacterial mouthwash and regular dental checkups. The doctor will go over any other specific information depending on the patient’s condition for care after surgery and ongoing home care.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- How Long It Takes
- Follow Up Time
- 1 & 3 Weeks Post-Operation
- Procedure Recovery Location
Healthy, Beautiful Gums
With advanced oral plastic surgeries, like gingival flap surgery, gigivectomy, and gingivoplasty, unhealthy gums can be restored to full function and given a healthy appearance. Oral plastic surgery corrects receding gums, excess gum tissue causing a "gummy smile," and cleans the gum pockets. We look forward to hearing from you!