Periodontal Plastic Surgery

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clagett, call our office in Elizabethtown, KY at Elizabethtown Office Phone Number 270-982-7377.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery 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. Clagett 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 plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped using a laser to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful smile.

Pre vs. Post Laser Gum Recontouring for a Gummy Smile
Gummy smile pre treatmentGummy smile post treatment  

Another cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue graft. It is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession, and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss.

Pre vs. Post Gum Grafting
Pre- recession treatmentPost recession treatment  

Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, and appearance of a general aging. The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured because of spaces remaining under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth.

Bone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement for either an implant crown or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.

Pre vs. Post Bone Grafting and Implant Placement

Following tooth removal, the bone narrowed and implant placement was not possible without bone grafting. Once the bone was widened, an implant was placed and restored with a new crown. A new restoration was also placed on the tooth next to the implant to repair the black spot.
Pre bone graft and implant placementPost bone graft and implant placement  

For more information about gum grafting, and bone grafting, please refer to the treatment section of our website, and click on each individual procedure for an in-depth description.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clagett, call our office in Elizabethtown, KY at Elizabethtown Office Phone Number 270-982-7377.

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My daughter needed a frenectomy and I asked Dr. Clagett if he could look at my gums while we were there. He did, and suggested some laser recontouring could make my small teeth appear larger. I was excited at this idea as I was always embarrassed by my "gummy" smile. We scheduled the procedure and it was done quickly and painlessly! Healing was quicker than I thought and I'm so much happier and more confident with my smile!

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I was very unhappy about my teeth before I had my surgery on my gums and now I love to smile and I'm very happy with how they turned out. I was very scared before I had my surgery but I don't regret getting it at all. Thank you so much.

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