Gum Procedures in Wexford, PA

Tailor Your Gums to Your Smile

Do you have receding gums or a gummy smile? Do your teeth seem short or uneven for getting dental crowns? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from gum procedures. These treatments restore gum health, enable restorative work, and create an attractive, comfortable smile. When performed by an experienced dentist, patients can enjoy long-lasting, transformative results.


Dr. Paul Gabriel in Wexford, PA  is dedicated to providing patients with compassionate cosmetic dental care. To schedule your consultation, call our office at (724) 935-2100.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure to remove excess gum tissue and expose more of the tooth crown for restorative work. Dr. Gabriel performs crown lengthening in Wexford, PA.

The Crown Lengthening Procedure

During crown lengthening, Dr. Gabriel will administer local anesthesia before making a small incision and gently pushing back the gum line. He then removes a calculated amount of bone to allow the placement of a prosthetic crown. The gum is sutured into place, and time is allowed for healing before impressions are taken for the new crown.

Crown Lengthening Candidacy

Good candidates for crown lengthening with Dr. Paul Gabriel in Wexford, PA include:

  • Patients with teeth too short for proper crown placement
  • Patients needing a restoration but with deep fillings or decay at the gum line
  • Patients with uneven gum levels that need adjustment before prosthetic work


This procedure is not right for individuals with active gum disease. Dr. Gabriel can determine candidacy during a comprehensive dental examination.

Soft Tissue Grafting

Gum recession can expose tooth roots and make teeth sensitive and vulnerable to decay. To address this issue, Dr. Paul Gabriel in Wexford, PA performs soft tissue grafting to cover exposed roots and prevent further gum recession.

The Soft Tissue Grafting Procedure

The soft tissue grafting procedure involves taking a small piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth or a tissue bank and stitching it in place over the exposed root. Dr. Gabriel will numb the area to minimize discomfort. He’ll then carefully suture the donor tissue in place and prescribe medication to manage post-operative symptoms like swelling. Within a few weeks, the transplanted tissue will become fixed in its new position and restore gum coverage to protect the tooth root.

Soft Tissue Grafting Candidacy

Good candidates for soft tissue grafting by Dr. Paul Gabriel in Wexford, PA, include:

  • Patients with receding gums and newly exposed tooth roots
  • Patients with root sensitivity from loss of gum tissue
  • Patients wanting to improve the appearance of their smile
  • Patients wanting to prevent further gum recession and tooth damage
  • Poor candidates include individuals with uncontrolled gum disease or diabetes. Dr. Gabriel can assess candidacy during an examination.

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