Soft Tissue Periodontics - Richmond, VA

Expert Periodontal Care for Healthy Gums and Confident Smiles

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Gum Health Reimagined

Gum health plays a crucial role in function and confidence, and at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond, our experienced periodontist is dedicated to addressing a range of soft tissue concerns. Whether it’s a gummy smile, tongue-tie, or gum disease, our Richmond, VA specialist is well-versed in advanced techniques like gingivectomy, frenectomy, and specialized grafting procedures.

With years of focused education and training beyond dental school, our team brings expertise in diagnosing, treating, and preventing gum-related issues, including bone and tissue grafting and dental implants. Trust our skilled team for personalized and targeted gum treatments to enhance oral health.

Benefits of Healthy Gum Tissue

Our Soft Tissue Treatments

A gingivectomy involves surgically removing gum tissue around teeth, often performed in cases of gum disease to eliminate damaged tissue and reduce pockets between teeth. It can address a “gummy” smile, enhancing overall smile symmetry and tooth-to-gum ratio while reducing infection-prone excess tissue.

This procedure is also utilized to access and repair teeth more effectively, facilitating the secure attachment of restorations like dental crowns. Patients undergoing gingivectomy enjoy improved dental function and enhanced smile aesthetics.

A frenectomy is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate the frenulum, the tissue restricting tongue or upper lip movement. Individuals dealing with tongue-tie or lip-tie often face various functional challenges related to eating, swallowing, breathing, and speaking.

Abnormal growth of the frenulum can also impact the development of the two front teeth, potentially creating a gap that orthodontics may struggle to close. A frenectomy is a swift and painless procedure facilitated by numbing agents and sedation. Infants, children, and adults undergoing this treatment experience improved function, health, and confidence.

Crown lengthening involves removing gum tissue, bone, or both to expose more of a tooth’s structure. This treatment is commonly performed for functional or aesthetic reasons. It may be necessary if a tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or insufficient tooth structure for a dental restoration.

Crown lengthening is often chosen for cosmetic purposes, enhancing the smile’s appearance by revealing more of the tooth surface. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, ensuring the patient’s comfort.

Gum grafting addresses receding gums by augmenting the gumline with additional tissue. This treatment is crucial for preventing further gum recession, tooth sensitivity, and potential tooth loss. During the procedure, we take tissue from another part of the mouth or use donor tissue to graft onto the affected area, creating a fuller and healthier gumline.

Gum grafting not only enhances the smile’s aesthetic appearance but also promotes overall oral health by protecting tooth roots and reducing the risk of gum disease. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort.

Enjoy Renewed Gum Health!

Schedule an appointment with our team today.