Over the years we have learned that teeth can be more readily maintained in good health if there is an adequate amount of gingiva (gum tissue) in the area where the tooth emerges through the gum. The type of gum tissue that is best suited to maintaining good health and withstanding the effects of food, tooth brushing and flossing, is keratinized gingiva. Keratinized gingiva is the dense, pink, filmy attached tissue that normally wraps around your teeth. However, this tissue is often minimal or absent, especially when the teeth in this area have been lost.
Gingival grafting may also be indicated to help correct cosmetic defects around the teeth, particularly when there has been significant loss of tissue in the treatment area before placing teeth. Dr. Richard S. Lewis D.M.D. & Associates accomplishes this procedure by surgically moving gum from some other area of your mouth, most often from the roof of the mouth (palate) or by mobilizing gum tissue from an adjacent area and sliding it to the area where it is needed.
Dr. Richard S. Lewis, D.M.D. & Associates have significant experience in dental implants, gingival grafting, sinus lifts and ostetomes; having performed numerous procedures. Dr. Richard S. Lewis, D.M.D. & Associates are friendly and knowledgeable to answer any questions you may have. It is important to review and discuss with Dr. Richard S. Lewis, D.M.D. & Associates all available options to you in your particular circumstance prior to making any treatment decisions. Dr. Richard S. Lewis, D.M.D. & Associates is conveniently located at 281 Cambridge Street, Burlington MA 01803 and accepts most major dental insurances. Contact us for a consultation today at (781) 272-5890 or firstname.lastname@example.org .