Lee Ann Hovious, D.M.D., P.C.
Practice Limited to Periodontics
Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology
PH (865) 539-1113
Accepting New Patients!
10265 Kingston Pike, Suite B
Knoxville, TN 37922
3221 W John Sevier Hwy
Knoxville, TN 37920
Improve Your Smile
Soft Tissue Grafts
Soft tissue grafts are used for treating gum recession and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. Tooth eruption patterns, periodontal disease or clenching of the teeth, could be a variety of reasons for gum recession including aggressive tooth brushing. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Gum recession makes your teeth longer giving an older look, and exposed roots can be sensitive to hot or cold liquids or foods.
During this procedure gum tissue is taken from the palate or donor tissue can be used, and is placed to cover the exposed tooth. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth. A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. It also protects the root from decay and reduces sensitivity.
This procedure involves the removal of gum tissue and/or bone many times using the laser to expose more of the natural tooth by repositioning the gum and/or bone. A condition called gummy smile, in which an unusually large amount of gum tissue shows around the upper teeth, can be treated using crown lengthening. Once this is done it will result in a more vibrant, natural smile.
Crown lengthening is also done when a tooth needs to be restored, but not enough tooth is present to support a crown or a filing. This can happen when a tooth breaks off at the gum line, or a crown or filling falls out of a tooth that has extensive decay underneath. If your dentist wants to repair the tooth using a crown or a large filling, he or she may recommend the need to expose more of the healthier tooth structure.
Crown lengthening is generally performed with laser assistance, thus, patients will experience faster and easier treatment procedure with less recovery time.
This is a procedure for removing a frenum and is mainly done with laser assistance. A frenum is a fold of tissue that passes from the movable lip or cheek to the gum. It is a small piece of tissue that can be found in several areas of the mouth. The frenum has no real function and releasing this will affect the appearance and health of the gums and teeth.
Soft and Hard Tissue Biopsies
This is a procedure of removing hard or soft gum and/or bone for microscopic examination. This procedure is done with laser assistance the majority of the time.