When we think about dental procedures, many people only think about what could happen to our teeth. For some reason, we do not bother to consider the procedures that could involve our gums. Dr. Max Breazeal and his staff at The Max Dental Center in Collierville, TN know just how important these structures are. Our gums are the structures that hold our teeth in place. This means that if something happened to them, our teeth would loosen and we’d need to use dentures eventually. While preventing gum diseases is still what Dr. Breazeal advises, here are some of the dental procedures especially for salvaging this connective tissue:

Pocket Reduction

This procedure is also known as the gingival flap surgery. When you do not follow a strict dental regimen, what happens is that plaque develops along the lines of your gum, that plaque can turn into tartar over time. This tartar causes pockets or gaps in between your teeth and gums to develop, which can compromise the ability of your gums to keep your teeth securely in place. And the same time, bacteria could make their way into these pockets and cause periodontitis. Gingival flap surgery pulls down your gums so that your dentist can get rid of any trapped bacteria and then the gums are pulled back and secured against your teeth to reduce the size of the pockets, if not eliminate them.


This procedure is similar to the pocket reduction procedure only that after the dentist removes bacteria from the insides of your gums, bone grafts and other tissue-stimulating factors are added in to encourage the re-growth of your gums, so that they can naturally fit snug against your teeth.

Crown Lengthening

This gum procedure is used more often for cosmetic purposes rather than to preserve gum tissue or undo any effects of gingival disease. With the crown lengthening procedure, extra gum tissues are removed from underneath your teeth so that your teeth appear longer than they normally are. This is essentially the opposite of the first two procedures because gum tissue is removed instead of stretched or re-grown.

Soft Tissue Graft

This procedure is similar to a skin graft, wherein skin from one part of your body is placed onto a different part of your body. With a soft tissue graft, gum tissue from a healthy part of your mouth is transplanted to the part that needs a portion repaired. This procedure is useful for individuals who have receding gums or have undergone a gum operation.