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We Care About Your Gums and Your Smile!

Although most people focus on teeth when they think about oral health, gums are the unsung heroes of your mouth. Healthy gums protect your teeth from bacteria and germs that can eventually damage the underlying bone and cause tooth loss. While gum disease is the leading cause of bleeding gums and tooth loss in adults, studies also show unhealthy gums increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and dementia, and can lead to pregnancy complications. Your gums deserve proper attention to reduce the risk of gum disease and its many health consequences. In addition to major health repercussions related to gum disease, issues like tongue-tie or a “gummy” smile can cause a hit to your confidence and self-esteem. At Pearl Dental Associates, our dentists offer a variety of soft tissue treatments in Holbrook and Scituate, MA. The goal of laser gum surgery, gingivectomy, frenectomy, and crown lengthening is to gently rebalance and restore your gums so you can live a confident, functional, and healthy life!

At Pearl Dental Associates, our dentists offer a variety of soft tissue treatments in Holbrook and Scituate, MA.

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Benefits of Restored Soft Tissues


Our Soft Tissue Treatments

Laser dentistry is minimally invasive, reduces bacteria, and promotes regeneration of healthy gum and bone. Leveraging the laser’s highly-concentrated beam of light, we can instantly vaporize gum disease bacteria, remove infected tissue, and perform cosmetic gum lifts in just one appointment. Laser is gentler on your gums for improved procedural comfort and quicker postoperative recovery, and especially helpful for patients with dental anxiety. The soft tissue laser is one of many sophisticated technologies  we offer at Pearl Dental Associates, which coupled with expert and compassionate care, provide an above and beyond experience for our patients.

During a gingivectomy, we surgically remove excess gum tissue around your teeth. In some cases, we can perform this with the soft tissue laser. If you have gum disease, this procedure is an effective method for trimming away damaged tissues and reducing periodontal pockets that formed between your teeth. A gingivectomy is also done for cosmetic reasons to fix “gummy” smiles. Removing gum tissue improves the overall symmetry of your smile and tooth-to-gum ratio, while also reducing excess tissue that is prone to infection. In some cases, a gingivectomy is used to expose more of a tooth so it can be properly treated with a restoration such as a dental crown. Patients that undergo a gingivectomy in Scituate and Holbrook, MA experience improved dental function, better smile aesthetics, and a boost in self-confidence.

Crown lengthening is designed to correct gummy smiles by reshaping your gums to expose more of the tooth structure. It may also be done to save a badly damaged tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted, or a short tooth that lacks the needed space for restoration. The procedure involves removing soft tissue and sometimes bone to increase the amount of visible tooth above your gumline.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes excess frenum tissue (also called frenulum) from the upper or lower mouth. In the upper arch, the labial frenum is the tissue that connects the gum to your lip. In the lower mouth, the lingual frenum is located between the base of the tongue and floor of your mouth. In the upper gums, it may be necessary to remove excess tissue after the front teeth have erupted due to a gap that typically doesn’t go away on its own. In the lower mouth, the procedure is commonly referred to as tongue-tie surgery. Tissue is loosened under the tongue to enable better mobility and prevent related speech problems. Our dentists administer local numbing agents and sedation, so both a labial and lingual frenectomy in Holbrook and Scituate, MA are quick and nearly painless methods for resolving these issues.

Take care of your gums for a healthy smile and life!

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