This is a common periodontal procedure and it is minimally invasive. Dr. Fortman will be able to get to hard to reach areas to remove the bacteria to reduce the pocket depth and reduce inflammation. He will also smooth out irregular surfaces of the bone to allow easier access for cleaning.
This is another common periodontal procedure which is minimally invasive as well. You may have been referred for surgical crown lengthening to make a restorative procedure possible. Your tooth may be decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for your dentist to perform a restorative procedure such as a crown or bridge. Dr. Fortman will adjust the level of the gum tissue and bone around the tooth to expose more of the tooth structure to aid in the restoration process.
Or you may have been referred by your dentist for surgical crown lengthening to improve your smile. Your teeth may appear short due to too much gum tissue. To correct this, Dr. Fortman will re-shape excess gum tissue and bone to expose more of the natural tooth to restore a balanced, healthy look. This can be done to one tooth to even the gum line or to several teeth to expose a natural broad smile.
Soft tissue grafting can be used to increase the gum tissue thickness or to treat root exposure due to recession. Regardless of the reason, the main goal is to halt further tissue loss. This may also reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. During this minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Fortman will use a very small donor tissue from the roof of your mouth or use another source of donor tissue and attach it to the graft site to aid in additional tissue thickness or to cover exposed roots.