Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery


Cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. If you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Dr. Fletcher and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.


Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue.


We can correct this by performing the periodontal surgery procedure, Crown Lengthening. This procedure reshapes the gum and supporting tissues surrounding a tooth. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone levels to expose more of the tooth.


What does this procedure entail?

A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area prior to surgery. The patient can choose other methods of sedation offered at the facility.


Dr. Fletcher will then remove any excess gum tissue and/or bone around the natural tooth to even your gum line. This may require some sutures (stitches) and surgical rubber putty compound applied to the area(s) that forms a band-aid like cover over the site for one week.


A one week follow-up appointment is necessary to remove the rubber putty compound and any sutures that were placed during the procedure.