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Reasons You May Need Gum Surgery

March 15, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Youngwoo Joo
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There are a variety of reasons that you may need (or want) gum surgery, and with today’s innovations in dentistry, gum surgery is not a scary prospect. Gum surgery under the right dentist can mean a prompt return to oral health and a more comfortable and confident smile.

If you’re looking for gum surgery, or if you suspect periodontal disease, we encourage you to get in touch with our gentle dental team to schedule an exam and chat with your Barrie, ON dentist. Your dentist will determine whether gum surgery is the best option for you.

Gum Grafting Compared with Gum Contouring

Gum Grafting

Some patients require gum surgery to restore their oral health and save their teeth, typically because of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease means infections of the tissues surrounding your teeth. Without treatment, periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and may even result in systemic health complications like heart disease and stroke.

Gum grafting allows your Barrie, ON dentist to restore gum health by relying on healthy tissue grafts borrowed from another source. The healthy tissue replaces compromised tissue to help you realize a healthier smile.

Gum Contouring

Some patients opt for gum surgery to dramatically enhance the appearance of their smile. This is called gum contouring.  Gum contouring is a way to change the gum-to-tooth ratio, which corrects gummy smiles and adds more length to short-looking teeth.

This process calls for Dr. Joo to gently remove gum tissue and sculpt your gums to appear less abundant in proportion to your teeth and more flattering.

Are You Considering Gum Surgery in Barrie, ON?

If you would like to schedule an exam with our dentist, or if you have any questions about gum surgery, contact a member of our team today.

At Park Place Dental, we look forward to helping you achieve your best smile.