Sunnyvale Gum Contouring & Grafting
Even out your gum line, treat receding gums or handle a gummy smile
Dr. Scott Dault, our periodontist, uses gentle and safe cosmetic solutions for gums, such as dental lasers to fix cosmetic issues to do with the gums.
A periodontist is a specialist in the treatment of gums and the placement of dental implants. Periodontists have several years extra training in their specialty after completing their dental degree. Dr. Dault has completed many hundreds of procedures that help people regain not only the health of their gums, but also the aesthetics.
Crown Lengthening for gummy smiles or short teeth
Too-short teeth and a gummy smile are generally the same thing. Teeth can appear too short because there is too much gum covering them. Using a soft-tissue laser, Dr. Dault removes the excess gum tissue and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.
Crown lengthening is also used when there is insufficient tooth structure for a restoration such as a crown or a bridge.See video on crown lengthening below.
Gum Recontouring to even out your gum line
Using the same type of procedure as crown lengthening, Dr. Dault can remove gum tissue and reshape bone tissue with one or two teeth to even your gum line.
Treat Receding Gums
Receding gums, or gingival recession, is a condition in which the roots of the teeth become exposed. Apart from the aesthetic implications, receding gums can also be one of the first signs of gum disease.
Causes of Gum Recession
- Gum disease
- Aggressive tooth brushing or doing it the wrong way
- Hormonal changes, especially female changes such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause
- Grinding and clenching of teeth can put to much stress on the teeth, causing gums to recede
- Crooked teeth or misaligned bite causing too much force on the teeth and causing gums to recede
Mild gum recession can be treated by deep cleaning the affected area.
Dr. Dault treats severe gum recession with gum grafting. He uses healthy gum tissue from the roof of your mouth to replace the missing gum tissue. In some cases, bone in the area of the gum recession has been lost, and Dr. Dault first places a bone graft to regenerate the bone.
To make an appointment, call 408‑245‑5812 or click here to request an appointment online.