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August 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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How gum surgery from your Chattanooga, Tennessee periodontist can help your smilegum surgery

There are many reasons why you may need or want gum surgery. Whatever the reason is, gum surgery is best performed by an expert. Dr. Charles Felts and Dr. Elizabeth Randall at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants want to share some of the ways gum surgery can help your smile.

Some of the reasons you may need gum surgery include:

  • Treating periodontal disease; if you have deep, diseased periodontal pockets surrounding your teeth, you may need gum surgery to reduce or eliminate the pockets. The goal of periodontal surgery is to restore a healthy tissue-to-tooth attachment by shrinking periodontal pockets and creating a smile that is much easier to clean.
  • Treating gum recession; receding gums can occur due to heredity, using a hard-bristled toothbrush, bad tooth brushing technique, and other reasons. You may need gum grafting surgery to provide more support to your teeth, create a more uniform smile, or to cover sensitive tooth roots. For gum recession, a soft tissue graft is placed over the top of the receded area.
  • Dental implant placement; if you want to replace missing teeth; gum surgery is used to place the dental implant screw, which will function as the prosthetic root of your tooth. After the tissue has healed, a dental implant crown is placed over the screw, and you have a new tooth thanks to your Chattanooga periodontist.
  • Crown Lengthening; One of the reasons you may want gum surgery is to trim and reshape excessive gum tissue. If you have puffy, swollen, uneven gum tissue it’s known as a “gummy smile” where you see more gum tissue than teeth. You can have excessive gum tissue due to genetics, medications, poor tooth alignment or poor oral hygiene. Whatever the reason is, trimming and reshaping can improve the appearance of your smile.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of gum surgery patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at

These are just a few of the reasons you may need to have gum surgery. To learn more about what gum surgery can do for you and your smile, call Dr. Felts or Dr. Randall at Chattanooga Periodontics & Dental Implants today!