The initial stage of gum disease—gingivitis—can take a long time to develop and is often unnoticeable at first. Over time, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, a more destructive form of the disease which can irreversibly damage the underlying bone and adjacent tissues. Gingivectomies remove any infected gum tissue, preventing the disease from spreading and sparing you additional and more complex treatment in the future.
The tissue that connects your top lip to your mouth and the tissue that anchors your tongue to the bottom of your mouth are collectively called the frenula. If either of these tissues is too short, you can experience difficulties eating and speaking, in addition to embarrassing esthetic concerns. Frenectomies give you the freedom to enjoy eating meals, having conversations, and showing off your smile by removing these restrictive tissues.
Gum recession can begin with tooth sensitivity and lead to bone deterioration and tooth loss. By taking a small piece of tissue from the roof of your mouth or from a donor source and grafting it in the recessed area, we can correct your gum recession. The graft will eventually heal and become part of your newly restored gumline.