Dr. Edward Karl DDS
Periodontics and Implants
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Soft Tissue Procedures

Soft Tissue Procedures in West Hartford to Restore your Gums

Dr. Edward Karl is a periodontist who has the advanced training and skillset to maintain your gums and jaw. Our experienced team provides you with compassionate care and high-quality periodontal soft tissue and jaw treatments. We offer 24-hour emergency services to help you as quickly as possible should an urgent situation arise.

At the practice of Edward Karl, DDS, you can trust that we take the time to fully address your needs. Your well-being, comfort, and quality of care are always our top priorities. We look forward to helping you preserve a healthy lifestyle! Contact our periodontal and implant team in West Hartford today to learn more about our gum treatments and how they can benefit you.


What are Soft Tissue Procedures?

young couple smilingSoft tissue procedures are advanced periodontal treatments that restore the health and appearance of your gums. You may be interested in a soft tissue procedure for several reasons. You may want to correct a gummy smile or find a treatment that can repair the damage caused by gum disease.

Our soft tissue procedures include:

Dr. Karl is happy to discuss your reasons for considering a soft tissue procedure and help you make the choice that is best for your situation and long-term health. Our office welcomes referrals from general dentists and insurance plans. We are here to help you understand your situation and the options you have to address it.

Tissue Grafts to Correct Areas of Gum Recession

close up of healthy smileDr. Karl can perform a tissue graft to address gum recession, which is frequently caused by advanced gum disease and may lead to tooth loss. When you receive a tissue graft, missing gum material is replaced in a surgical procedure. This treatment restores the thickness of your gums, which leads to greater tooth stability.

Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Karl analyzes the condition of your gums to determine the precise areas that require treatment. During the procedure, the gum tissue is carefully placed over the areas where the tooth roots are exposed.

Tissue grafts are often done before dental implants. Restoring your gum health is essential before undergoing any restorative or cosmetic periodontal treatments.

Crown Lengthening to Create a Symmetrical Smile

Crown lengthening is used to correct an overly gummy smile. This procedure removes excess gum tissue to make your teeth appear longer and more visible when you smile. Our team is careful to preserve the stability of your gums and teeth throughout the procedure.

Crown lengthening can improve both the appearance of your smile and your overall health. The procedure can help us reach cavities below the gum line or provide enough room to fit customized dental restorations, such as crowns and bridges.

Ridge Augmentation to Prevent Gum Recession

mature couple smilingA ridge augmentation restores the health of your gums and jaw after bone loss. An extracted or missing tooth is the primary cause for jawbone loss, which can alter your bite and the shape of your face. When you have a missing tooth, a space known as a socket is left. In many cases, the empty socket will heal independently, and your bone structure will remain intact.

However, there is a possibility that the jawbone surrounding the socket can become weak and unstable, resulting in long-term damage. Bone loss can accelerate if you already suffer from gum disease. Dr. Karl can perform a ridge augmentation to fill in the socket and prevent bone loss and long-term gum recession. He fills the space with bone materials, which are then covered by gum tissue. The affected area is then sealed and allowed to heal naturally.

Soft Tissue Procedures FAQ

Our team has compiled a list of some commonly encountered questions regarding our treatments and procedures. If you require additional clarification, please get in touch with us and we’ll happily assist you.

Are Soft Tissue Procedures Painful?

Our focus is always on your comfort and well-being during any of our soft tissue procedures. While everyone’s response to surgery varies, most patients report little to no discomfort after undergoing a ridge augmentation, crown lengthening, or tissue graft. We’ll provide you with post-treatment guidelines to follow to help you have a quick recovery. As always, if you experience pain or discomfort at any time, please get in touch with our friendly team!

If you suffer from advanced periodontal disease, it’s possible that you may eventually require a ridge augmentation or tissue graft to preserve your jawbone and gums. Dr. Karl meets with you to diagnose your situation, provide recommendations, and go over your treatment options. We want you to feel equipped to make the best choice for your personal health.

A periodontist undergoes rigorous and lengthy training to develop the skillset to treat your jawbone and soft tissue. Our practice uses the most advanced dental technologies and practices to safely and efficiently correct receding gumlines, treat gum disease, and restore the shape of your jaw and gums. Your dental needs are unique, and we craft a personalized treatment plan to keep you healthy and happy.

Protecting Your Gums in West Hartford

When it comes to maintaining your gums, you can rely on our team to use the latest medical technologies and methods to improve your health and appearance. Dr. Karl and his team are here to answer any questions you have and treat you with the compassion and concern you deserve. We look forward to seeing you at our West Hartford periodontal practice so call and schedule your appointment today!


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