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.