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By Dental Arts of Englewood
April 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Gum SurgeryDon’t let aesthetic gum issues keep you from the smile you deserve.

When you think about having an ideal smile, for many their thoughts turn to brighter, straighter teeth; however, others may have issues with their gums that make their smiles less than aesthetically pleasing. If you are dealing with a smile that looks a little gummy or you are noticing that your gums are being to recede, then you may be looking for a cosmetic dentist in Englewood, NJ who could give you a more appealing smile. Find out about cosmetic gum surgery and what it can do for your gums.

What Cosmetic Gum Surgery Repairs


There are several things that gum surgery can improve when it comes to the look of your gums. If you suffer from excess tissue, which creates a gummy-looking smile, or receding or uneven gums you could benefit from this procedure.


What to Expect from Cosmetic Gum Surgery


Cosmetic gum surgery is conveniently performed at our Englewood, NJ office under local anesthesia. If laser gum surgery is being performed you may only need a topical anesthesia before your procedure to reduce discomfort.


Those with uneven gum lines may require a surgical scalpel to contour the gums for a more even appearance. However, laser gum surgery offers a variety of advantages of traditional surgery because it offers less bleeding and other post-procedural side effects, less recovery time and it’s less invasive.


If you require gum grafting as well, particularly for those with excessively receding gums, you may require stitches at the site where the tissue was removed; however, these stitches will usually dissolve on their own as you heal. The healing process for gum grafting may take several weeks. In the meantime, you can ease your recovery symptoms by eating a softer diet, taking OTC anti-inflammatories and pain medications, and icing.


If you want to find out more about our cosmetic gum surgery then schedule an appointment with your Englewood, NJ cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark H. Docktor with Dental Arts of Englewood.


We most often associate plastic surgery with cosmetic enhancements to our outer appearance. While this is their primary purpose, some forms of reconstructive surgery restore lost function and health as well as improve appearance. A classic example is cosmetic periodontal (gum) surgery that restores receded gum tissues that have exposed more of the tooth than is visually appealing.

Gum recession occurs primarily because of excessive brushing (too hard or for too long) or because of periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection that ultimately causes gum tissue to detach and pull away from the teeth. Gum recession not only affects the appearance of the teeth, it can expose the tooth’s root surface to further infection and decay. Without treatment, the disease could progress causing further damage with the potential for the tooth to be eventually lost.

In conjunction with plaque removal to stop gum disease and possibly other treatments like orthodontics to correct misaligned teeth, cosmetic gum surgery is used to rejuvenate lost gum tissues around teeth through tissue grafting. In these procedures, a combination of surgical approaches and/or grafting materials are attached to the area of recession to stimulate the remaining tissue to grow upon the graft and eventually replace it.

Donor grafts can originate from three sources: from the patient (an autograft); another person (an allograft); or another animal species, usually a cow (a xenograft). Tissues from outside the patient are thoroughly treated to remove all cellular material and bacteria to eliminate any possibility of host rejection or disease transmission.

Depending on the nature of the gum recession and tooth condition, the procedure can take different forms. It could involve completely detaching the graft tissue from the host site and re-attaching it to the recipient site. But if more of the tooth root is exposed, the surgeon may cover the graft with tissue adjacent to the host site to supply blood to the graft, and affix the loosened pedicle to the graft site. While any technique requires advanced training and experience, the latter procedure involves microsurgical techniques that require the highest levels of technical skill and art.

Cosmetic gum surgery can result in healthier gum tissues and teeth that are less susceptible to infection and loss. No less important, though, these procedures can return a more natural look to your teeth and gums — and a more pleasing smile.

If you would like more information on gum tissue reconstruction, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”