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Soft Tissue Treatment - Salem, MA

Soft Tissues Giving You Trouble?

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The soft tissues of your mouth perform vital functions, allowing you to eat and speak, providing protection to your teeth and jawbone, and completing your smile. Sometimes having too little or too much soft tissue makes these activities difficult or embarrassing. There is hope for these conditions, however. As a periodontist, Dr. Helyne Hamelburg specializes in treating disorders of the soft tissues, which include the gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips. Her training, completed at Boston University, empowers her to provide patients from Salem, MA and beyond with exceptional periodontal care. This includes multiple treatments to correct cosmetic issues and functional difficulties.

Soft Tissue Treatments

dental patient in need of a frenectomy

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Gingivectomies

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.

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Frenectomies

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.

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Gum Grafting

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.

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Pinhole Surgical Technique

A minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique enables us to reverse your gum recession without using scalpels or sutures. Instead, we make a small hole in your gums and then shift the adjacent tissue over the areas of recession.
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Pinhole Surgical Technique

A minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique enables us to reverse your gum recession without using scalpels or sutures. Instead, we make a small hole in your gums and then shift the adjacent tissue over the areas of recession.
dental patient with a gummy smile

Soft Tissue Recontouring

Even if you have a full set of healthy teeth, you still may not be satisfied with your smile. Often the balance between the teeth and gums is off. If you feel that you have too much gum tissue—often called a “gummy smile”—we can create a more harmonious relationship between your teeth and gums. With soft tissue recontouring, we remove a portion of the excess gums to reveal more of the tooth underneath, making the teeth look longer and the gums shorter. We’ll take great care to reshape the gum tissue to give your smile a completely natural and proportional appearance.
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Soft Tissue Recontouring

Even if you have a full set of healthy teeth, you still may not be satisfied with your smile. Often the balance between the teeth and gums is off. If you feel that you have too much gum tissue—often called a “gummy smile”—we can create a more harmonious relationship between your teeth and gums. With soft tissue recontouring, we remove a portion of the excess gums to reveal more of the tooth underneath, making the teeth look longer and the gums shorter. We’ll take great care to reshape the gum tissue to give your smile a completely natural and proportional appearance.

Reclaim your smile at Paradise Dental Associates!

dental patient smiling after soft tissue treatments

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