About Periodontal Surgery
A high gum line can make the teeth appear too large and a low gum line can make the teeth appear too small. With periodontal plastic surgery at Martin Dentistry in Indianapolis and Fishers, Indiana, the gum tissue can be contoured or grafted to a normal, healthy appearance if the gum lines make a person’s smile appear gummy or expose the roots of the teeth to infections. Often caused by gum diseases, excess, uneven, or insufficient gum tissue can create more complex dental issues if not treated. Periodontal plastic surgery performed by general and cosmetic dentists, Dr. Matthew Martin, Dr. Stephanie Martin, and Dr. Lynn Marshall can either remove excess gum tissue and contour the gum line to a normal appearance or use gum tissue grafts to fill in gaps and areas where the gum line is above the tooth root.
"Love my dentist office. I know.... but, its true this is the best place for any type of dental procedure. The entire staff is fantastic. Look no further for your perfect smile."- D.A. / Google / Mar 14, 2016
"You can see each of my reviews reflect all the same...Martin Dentistry is THE BEST!!! We really like Matt and Stephanie. Both are so kind, nice, laid back, comfortable to chat with all while very professional!! Great people. And the hygienists are great as well. Recently took our 3 year old for his first visit and they hygienist and Dr. Matt did soooo well not only with my 3 year old and his first visit in making him feel comfy and know what was going on. But also with my 5 year old who was overly chatty and trying to tell all about what was going on and full of even more questions. Highly recommend!!! We love this place!!"- S.J. / Yelp / Nov 19, 2017
"I have always had a phobia of going to the dentist, and Dr. Matt, Stephanie, and Dr. Lynn are amazing. I am so happy I found them!"- C.G. / Yelp / Nov 17, 2017
"This review only contains a rating"- B.B. / Google / Nov 13, 2017
"I went yesterday for my first appointment there. The place is very clean and fresh. The reception staff was very friendly and helpful and my wait time was only about 10 minutes which included some new patient paperwork. The dental assistant was great and this place has some great dental technology. Then the dentist came in and she was great also. Friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. During checkout the staff provided me with a financial breakdown of my future visit that displayed the cost, what insurance would cover, and my out of pocket. This is great...all medical offices need to do this."- J.C. / Yelp / Nov 07, 2017
What to Expect
An uneven gum line or gummy smile is fixed by removing the excess gum tissue as needed and then sculpting the gum line to look natural and even. For patients who have a high gum line that makes their teeth look too long or exposes the tooth root, gum graft surgery is used to lower the gum line and protect the roots from decay. Gaps in the gums are often caused by tooth loss and this is usually fixed with ridge augmentation and a dental implant.
After gum contouring or gum grafting procedures, the patient will feel some discomfort and swelling. Gum contouring generally only takes one day for recovery and patients are advised to consume soft food and liquids for several days. Gum grafting surgery may require 3 – 7 days for recovery and patients will be limited on their activity and diet to prevent the stitches from opening. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication if needed.
Plan Your Procedure
Even, Healthy Gums
Do you have a gummy smile, long teeth, or an uneven gum line? Reveal a beautiful, healthy smile with periodontal plastic surgery to change the size and shape of your gums.