Treating the Soft Tissues of Your Mouth
Soft Tissue (Gingival Tissue) Issues
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Too much gum tissue covering your teeth can make them appear small or short and give you a “gummy” smile look. With care and precision, we’ll reshape the gum tissue and remove excess bone around your teeth to restore better symmetry and improve your tooth-to-gum ratio. Soft tissue recontouring, crown lengthening, and gingivectomy procedures rebalance your smile and restore your confidence!
That slender tissue connecting your top lip to your gums or your tongue to the bottom of your mouth are each called a frenulum. If either of these tissues is too restrictive, you may have difficulty speaking or eating leading to a tongue-tie or lip-tie. Receiving a frenectomy in Gilroy, CA releases this problematic tissue, freeing you to get full enjoyment out of meals, conversations, and even simply smiling.
Gums receding or pulling away from the teeth leave sensitive roots exposed to harmful bacteria. Gum grafting restores gum tissue where it has receded, usually replacing it with tissue from your own mouth This tissue graft will fuse with your existing gums, alleviating your tooth sensitivity and giving you a consistent and healthy gumline.
Pinhole® Surgical Technique
Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™) is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting. During this specialized procedure, instead of cutting into the gum tissue, a small “pinhole” is created above the tooth. Next, a special instrument is inserted, and the gum tissues are repositioned back over the tooth. Collagen strips are then placed to help secure the tissues in a healthier and more aesthetic position over each tooth. Finally, the tissues are gently sutured in place to aid in proper healing.