Gum recession results in exposure of the tooth roots, which often causes root sensitivity, unaesthetic appearance and/or root decay/cavities. Gum grafting surgery will repair the defect and prevent additional recession and bone loss. During the surgery, gum tissue will be taken from the roof of your mouth or another donor source to cover the exposed roots. This procedure can reduce root sensitivity, prevent root decay and improve esthetics of your smile.
Dental crown lengthening may be recommended to make a restorative or cosmetic denture procedure possible. A gummy smile is often seen when teeth are covered by too much gum tissue. A crown lengthening procedure will reshape the gum line and improve your smile. Sometimes tooth breaks below the gum line or has insufficient tooth structure for a crown. Crown lengthening can also adjust the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.