We often hear about the options available for treating teeth that appear too short, such as laser gum contouring, bonding and veneers. But what options do you have when your teeth appear too long or big for your mouth?
If you suffer from recessed gums, which can be caused by gingivitis, the answer is simple: gum grafting. In the past, the procedure done was done by harvesting tissue from the roof of the mouth-but no more. “We use freeze-dried tissue to cover the roots of the teeth,” says Fort Lauderdale, FL, periodontist, Kenneth R. Levine, DDS. The best part is that you can walk out with a more aesthetic smile in just one appointment.
This special freeze-dried tissue is called AlloDerm and can be used to help cover exposed teeth roots and to lengthen the gum line. “It acts as a scaffold for your own cells to grow across, and it allows your body’s own healing mechanism to create the tissue that’s needed,” Dr. Levine says. “What we do is manipulate your own tissue to go over the freeze-dried tissue, and because it has that support, it stays. You can see an improvement immediately after the surgical procedure.”
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