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Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Quality Periodontal Surgery In Columbia, SC

No one should ever be unhappy about the appearance of his or her smile; there are plenty of procedures that exist to correct any imperfections. If one is not happy with their smile, our periodontist and implant specialist, Dr. Gregg W. McKenzie, provides an array of popular beneficial and aesthetic solutions to help achieve a more confident smile:

What Is Periodontal Surgery?

Periodontal surgery increases the life expectancy of teeth, and thus, their usefulness. When one undergoes periodontal surgery, Dr. McKenzie is able to remove any damaged gum tissue that surrounds the tooth and reconstruct the gum tissue to provide better support for the dentition. For the patient’s comfort, a local anesthetic is used to numb the surgical area.

How Can I Improve My Smile With Periodontal Surgery?

Periodontal plastic surgery is a popular procedure among patients who want to achieve a beautiful smile. Patients may seek the procedure for of the following reasons:

  • Short teeth (or a “gummy smile”)
  • Exposed roots (or “long teeth”)
  • There are indentions in their gums and jawbone

For each of these issues, Dr. McKenzie is able to perform a beneficial periodontal plastic surgery. To fix short teeth or an uneven gum line, a simple surgical procedure known as crown lengthening is performed. To repair exposed roots, a gum grafting procedure is performed. To correct any unwanted indentions, ridge augmentation is performed.  

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a long-lasting restorative process. During crown lengthening, Dr. McKenzie will adjust the surrounding gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth. If needed, it is possible to have a crown lengthening procedure performed to provide more tooth structure, making it easier for the patient to chew foods and properly close the jaws.  

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is a procedure used to cover exposed roots. Our Columbia, SC periodontist also uses gum grafting to protect roots from further decay and to prevent further gum recession from occurring.

Ridge Augmentation

Gum and jawbone indentation has an unnatural appearance that most patients dislike. Ridge augmentation is an aesthetic solution that recovers the natural contour of the gum and jaw.

Visit Your Local Columbia, SC Periodontist Today!

Whether one is interested in laser gum treatment, dental implants or periodontal care, our office staff is here to help. Our convenient office location in Columbia, SC allows us to provide assistance to the surrounding communities of Lexington and Blythewood, SC. Contact us today at (803) 788-0900 to schedule an appointment.