A Whether you need to address a gummy smile or fix a tongue or lip tie, we can help. At Broadway Dental, oral surgery can restore our patient’s smiles. Oral surgery in our Galveston, TX, dental office can improve problems like gummy smiles, prepares patients for dental implant restorations, and helps reverse gum disease damage.
Osseous Grafting/Guided Tissue Regeneration
An osseous surgery is a procedure that reshapes the bone which holds your teeth in place. Osseous surgery commonly treats periodontitis. Patients with periodontitis experience defects in the bone around their teeth. The osseous surgery removes those defects. Before the surgery, the patient undergoes a periodontal treatment that consists of scaling and root planing. A local anesthetic is administered to minimize the pain.
Once the roots are cleaned, the dentist uses a drill and sharp dental tool to reshape the bone surrounding the teeth. Depending on the extent of the defects, the deformed bone is removed, and the rest is shaped. Bone grafting material is used where the defects are too large to be treated with only reshaping. The gums are stitched back into place once the bones are back to their original state. Osseous grafting is a routine procedure with a high success rate.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Your smile is the first thing someone notices about you. People form their first impressions based on the appearance of your smile. There was a time when, unless you made a lot of money or were born with perfect teeth, you had to live with your smile. Today, a wide range of cosmetic procedures is available to the average citizen at a cost they can afford. If you have a gummy smile, uneven gum line, or elongated teeth, cosmetic periodontal surgery is for you.
Cosmetic periodontal surgery sculpts the gum line so that it is even and in proportion to the amount of exposed tooth versus gum. This procedure removes the excess gum and exposes more of the tooth crown. If your gums have receded and your teeth appear overly long, soft tissue grafts can extend the gum line to create an aesthetic balance. The grafts also reduce the gum pockets prone to future periodontal disease.
If you are unhappy with your smile, call us to discuss your options. After all, you only have one chance to make a first impression.
During bone grafting, the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative device. This common procedure is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. The bone used to graft is taken from a sample from the patient.
Often, the bone is taken from another area of the mouth when drilling occurs. The bone fragments are suctioned from the mouth and used for the graft. Cadaver bone fragments are also used. Bone banks harvest them and are a very safe source for bone donation.
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Do you need bone or gum grafting services? Are you looking to treat a gummy smile? Call Broadway Dental at 409-235-0789 or schedule a dental appointment online.