When it comes to oral health, most people consider bright, beaming white teeth and a pretty smile. However, few people realize that the foundation of perfect teeth starts with healthy gums. The soft tissue of the gums provides support and structure for the tooth and roots and acts as a crucial biological barrier that protects against the invasion of bacteria. Problems with the gums can affect both the visual appearance of a person’s smile, as well as the overall health and functionality of the oral microbiome.
Problems such as periodontitis (gum disease), gingivitis, tongue-tie, and a gummy smile are soft tissue complications that can only be corrected by an experienced and skilled periodontist. As one of Utah’s only board-certified periodontists, Dr. Jason Nicholson has over a decade of elite training and experience treating severe soft tissue disease and aesthetic imperfections. If you’re suffering from problems with your oral soft tissue, get in touch with the periodontal experts today at Sundance Implant and Periodontal Center, right here in Provo, UT.
It’s crucial to seek a dentist who is skilled in performing soft tissue treatments to ensure optimal oral health. Soft tissue treatments refer to procedures that involve the gums, lips, tongue, and cheeks and are often necessary to treat conditions such as gum disease, receding gums, and oral lesions. A highly trained dentist such as Dr. Nicholson, who specializes in soft tissue treatments will have a deep understanding of the intricacies of the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Dr. Nicholson can identify and treat any abnormalities and conditions that may affect your oral health and overall well-being. Dr. Nicholson’s experience in soft tissue treatments is exceptional and you can trust that you’re receiving the highest quality of care for your oral health needs.
Dr. Nicholson is a specialist in gingivectomies, which involves the surgical removal of excess soft tissue on and around the teeth. Gingivectomies are typically performed when a patient has advanced-stage gum disease, in which portions of infected soft tissue must be cut out in order to eliminate the accumulation of bacteria. Dr. Nicholson also frequently performs gingivectomies to remove soft tissue and correct a condition known as a “gummy” smile. This is when excess gum tissue grows over the enamel of the teeth, making the teeth appear disproportionately small. A gingivectomy is also sometimes needed in order to provide better access in preparation for a surgical procedure or tooth repair (i.e., dental implants or a dental crown). Patients who undergo a gingivectomy will enjoy improved oral function, as well as improved smile aesthetics.
Carried out by a trained periodontist, a frenectomy is a procedure that cuts away the frenulum, which is a flap of tissue that can restrict movement of the tongue and upper lip. Patients suffering from tongue or lip tie often experience a variety of functional complications, which can make basic tasks such as eating, breathing, biting, swallowing, and even speaking difficult. An abnormal or oversized frenulum can also hinder the appearance of the two front teeth and will frequently result in a large gap that traditional orthodontics (such as braces) may not be able to correct. Getting a frenectomy in Provo, UT, is a quick, simple procedure that is virtually painless thanks to our advanced oral sedation and numbing medication. Dr. Nicholson can perform a frenectomy on infants, children, and adults in order to provide improved oral function and a dramatically improved smile.
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