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Periodontal Surgery

At Westmount Dental, we perform several surgical procedures to treat periodontal disease:

Pocket Reduction Therapy – Deep pockets of gum tissue form around teeth as bacteria accumulate, advance into and destroy the supporting bone. This procedure removes the disease-causing bacteria, eliminates the deep pocket, and rough tooth surfaces are smoothed.

Bone Regeneration – The treatment goal is to regenerate lost bone and tissue supporting your teeth caused by periodontal disease. Membranes and bone grafting materials are used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate itself in order to strengthen the support of the tooth.

Crown Lengthening – Do you have a “gummy” smile? Do your teeth look too short? Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but are covered with too much gum tissue. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration. This periodontal procedure is available to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of your natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth to allow for a restoration to be placed, to even out your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.

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Soft Tissue Grafting – A soft tissue graft (“gum graft”) aims to stop further dental problems, gum recession, and to improve the esthetics of your gum line.  Gum recession may be due to aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease, resulting in the appearance of longer teeth and sensitivity to temperature. The procedure involves taking synthetic tissue or gum tissue from your palate and placing it around the tooth covering the recession defect.

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