Gum Augmentation, Contouring & Reshaping
Whilst it’s important to have fantastic teeth for a beautiful smile, it’s just as important to look after the health and appearance of your gums. If your gums are thinning or becoming more delicate, you could be at risk of gum recession later in life, and it can affect your smile.
If you’re looking at contouring and reshaping your gum line, you can have an in-chair gum augmentation procedure at South Street Dental Centre. Gum augmentation is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of the gum tissue or underlying bone structure. The aim is to give you an even gum line, and more symmetrically-looking teeth. Tissue-stimulating proteins (derived from your own blood) are also used to encourage your body’s natural tissue healing ability following any surgical procedure.
Below is a list of techniques we use for gum reshaping and contouring at South Street Dental Centre:
- Connective-tissue grafts: When a flap of palatal skin is cut (raised), and the connective tissue from under the flap is harvested as the graft. That tissue is then stitched to the gum surrounding the exposed root. After the graft has been removed from under the flap, the flap is stitched back down.
- Free gingival grafts: When a small amount of tissue is cut from the palate and then attached to the gum area being treated.
- Pedicle grafts: This procedure can take place with people who have plenty of gum tissue near the tooth/gumline that need repair. The flap, called a pedicle, is only partially cut so that one edge remains attached. The flap is then pulled over or down to cover the exposed root and sewn into place.
Patients who have undergone gum augmentation at South Street Dental Centre have experienced tremendous results with their gum line post-treatment. See below for some of our previous examples of gum contouring.
To book a consultation or to find out more about how you can benefit from gum augmentation, contact us today on (08) 9337 7388.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.