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GINGIVOPLASTIES

ADJUNCTIVE PERIODONTAL PROCEDURES FOR SUCCESSFUL ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

 

A HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL SMILE THAT’S GOOD FOR LIFE

 

The goal of orthodontic treatment is to provide patients with a functional bite and a healthy, beautiful smile that’s good for life.  Your orthodontist works with your dentist and other dental specialists, as necessary, to achieve this goal.

 

Sometimes orthodontic treatment alone is not enough to address all of the problems that exist in a patient’s mouth, so your orthodontist may enlist the aid of your dentist or dental specialists to provide additional treatment before, during or after orthodontic treatment. 

 

If adjunctive (additional) treatment is recommended by the orthodontist, you may be referred to your dentist or pediatric dentist, a periodontist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a prosthodontist for the procedure.

 

GINGIVOPLASTY

 

WHAT IS A GINGIVOPLASTY?

 

A gingivoplasty is an adjunctive, or additional, procedure that is used for the removal or sculpting of gingival (gum) tissue.  It can be done to remove excess (hyperplastic) gum tissue, to correct a “gummy” smile, or to balance uneven gum heights.

 

WHO NEEDS A GINGIVOPLASTY AND WHEN?

 

Your orthodontist may recommend a gingivoplasty if there is hyperplastic tissue.  This condition can be caused by poor oral hygiene, especially during orthodontic treatment; some medications; or some illnesses.

 

Some patients may opt for a gingivoplasty if they have a “gummy” smile.  This kind of gingivoplasty is often referred to as “crown lengthening.” It uncovers normal tooth surfaces that are concealed by excess gum tissue, and contributes to a more beautiful smile.

 

Patients whose gums are uneven may be candidates for a gingivoplasty to sculpt and even out the height of the gums.  The results is a balanced, symmetrical appearance of the teeth. 

 

The orthodontist will advise when a gingivoplasty should be performed, whether during or immediately following orthodontic treatment.

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