Functional Crown Lengthening
Functional crown lengthening is the groundwork done to prepare for the fitting of a new crown. A tooth that is decayed, broken or insufficient in structure often requires this procedure. Functional crown lengthening creates the space necessary between your bone and the new crown by extracting excess gum and bone tissue.
Crown lengthening is often the best cosmetic solution for patients bothered by a “gummy” smile. This procedure removes excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your tooth. The procedure makes your teeth appear longer and enhances the overall appearance of your smile. Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, multiple teeth or the entire gum line.
Sinus augmentation is performed in the upper back jaw for patients who have insufficient bone quantity for implants. There are several ways to achieve this, all of which Dr. Minott-Warren will review with you. After the graft is deemed successful, then an implant can be placed.
Pocket Depth Reduction
A healthy mouth is one where gum and bone tissue fit tightly around the teeth. Periodontal disease often causes deep pockets to form between the gums and teeth, and these pockets can easily become overrun with bacteria. In this situation, pocket depth reduction is administered. This procedure involves folding back the tissue, removing the disease-causing bacteria, and placing bone grafting material—all with the primary goal of reducing the pocket depth.
Dr. Sharon Minott-Warren is a Houston periodontist who specializes in dental implants. Contact Bellaire Periodontics today for more information on any of the procedures you read about on our website.