We know how important a smile is to our patients and offer procedures to help build confidence and enhance your quality of life. Dr. Kenneth Peavy in Winston-Salem, NC offers cosmetic periodontal surgery, or periodontal plastic surgery, for patients with a gummy smile, who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile, or who are in need of periodontal surgery to enable a restoration to be placed. Invest in an important asset, your appearance and happiness.
A common cosmetic periodontal surgery benefiting those with a gummy smile is esthetic crown lengthening. The procedure is relatively simple and is essentially a “gum lift.” During the procedure, which usually takes about an hour, Dr. Peavy will remove any excess gum or bone tissue. He does this to reshape your smile and expose more of your tooth. This periodontal surgery can be done one tooth, but is often done on a full arch or even the entire mouth. The result is a wider, more striking smile.
In some cases, a procedure called functional crown lengthening may be necessary before a restoration can be placed. It is most commonly used in instances where there is decay on the unexposed root of a tooth, the tooth is broken or fractured below the gum line, or more tooth structure is necessary in order to properly restore the tooth.
If you feel like you have a gummy smile or are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, call Dr. Peavy in Winston-Salem, NC today to set up a consultation. We have over 20 years of experience in periodontal surgery and look forward to creating a smile you have always dreamed of.