Mucogingival Surgery/Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Occasionally, there is an inadequate amount of gingiva (dense, tough, pink gum tissue) at the gum line to be consistent with health and stability. This can be due to genetics, can occur as a result of periodontal bone loss as well as from various types of trauma. Often times this trauma is self-inflicted by an exuberant, incorrect brushing technique. It can be exacerbated by the abrasiveness of particles in contained in toothpastes. Dr. Melnyk is experienced in a variety of techniques, which can result in the restoration of an adequate amount of gingiva or can repair the gum and cover receded roots.

Often times, the loss of teeth can result in abnormal contours or shape of the gums. Restoring these lost teeth over these defects with cemented bridgework can result in teeth that look long or in a gum line that appears uneven. Grafting techniques are available to even out these ridge abnormalities so that completed dentistry not only is functional but also has optimal aesthetics.

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Left to right: Moderate to severe gum recession from toothbrush/toothpaste trauma. - 11 months after oral hygeine instruction and gum grafting. - 18 months after gum grafting.

Left to right: Moderate to severe gum recession from toothbrush/toothpaste trauma. - 11 months after oral hygeine instruction and gum grafting. - 18 months after gum grafting.

Left: Gum recession from toothbrush/toothpaste trauma. Right: 3 1/2 years after gum grafting.

Left: Gum recession from toothbrush/toothpaste trauma. Right: 3 1/2 years after gum grafting.

Left to right: Moderate gum recession from toothbrush/toothpaste trauma. - 2 months after oral hygeine instruction and gum grafting. - 8 years after gum grafting.

Left to right: Moderate gum recession from toothbrush/toothpaste trauma. - 2 months after oral hygeine instruction and gum grafting. - 8 years after gum grafting.

Left: Gum recession. - Right: 3 months after grafting.

Left: Gum recession. - Right: 3 months after grafting.

Left to right top: Ridge restoration after tooth loss. Note the large defect. - Note the loss of gum contour. Left to right bottom: 5 weeks after grafting and temporary bridge placement. - Note the improved contours.

Left to right top: Ridge restoration after tooth loss. Note the large defect. - Note the loss of gum contour. Left to right bottom: 5 weeks after grafting and temporary bridge placement. - Note the improved contours.