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Cuspid Exposure

In some cases, a tooth may not be able to erupt by itself into the mouth and may remain hidden under the gums. Cuspid exposure is a minor surgical procedure that uncovers such impacted tooth. Cuspids (canines) are often impacted, however, this situation is possible in other teeth too.

In most cases, we will attach a small orthodontic “button” to your tooth to help pull the impacted tooth into position. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic or sedation if required.

Following the procedure, the orthodontist can help bring the tooth into proper position. However, if the tooth does not respond as expected, additional treatment or surgery may be required.

A frenectomy is a procedure where your periodontist will gently trim at the muscle tissue that attaches your lip to your gum either in the lower front or upper front area of your mouth. This muscle attachment sometimes is positioned too low and it interferes with closing the gap between your two front teeth. This procedure is quick and requires little to no recovery time.



A healthy smile consists of gum tissue that is naturally pink in color, fits tightly around the teeth without periodontal pockets. Sometime the gum tissue has intrinsic pigmentation leading to dark gums that can display when you smile sometimes affecting self-confidence.

Gum pigmentation is not a cause for medical concern and is therefore considered a cosmetic procedure done to improve the aesthetics of one’s smile. For many, dark gums can affect their self-confidence, and hinder their self-esteem when speaking and smiling. This can be easily corrected.

Gum depigmentation, also known as gum bleaching, is a cosmetic periodontal procedure used to remove dark spots on the gums. Normal, healthy gum tissue will typically appear pale pink in color. However, in the case of gum depigmentation, abnormally high amounts of melanin can cause dark spots and patches to appear on the tissue. This discoloration can affect the appearance of your smile and result in decreased confidence and self-esteem for many men and women.

Gum depigmentation, commonly known as gum lightening or gum bleaching, does not actually utilize any sort of bleach or lightening agent to achieve lighter gums. The term draws on the idea of teeth whitening and bleaching, which imply a treatment or product used to lighten the teeth. However bleaching solutions and agents are not safe for application on the gums. Instead, effective and minimally invasive advanced treatment techniques are used to restore natural, pink gum tissue and improve patients’ smiles.

The treatment results in healthy looking gum tissue and will reveal a more attractive smile that will have you showing off your full beautiful smile with excitement!



Using only the most cutting-edge equipment available, we perform a state-of-the-art microdermabrasion technique to remove the pigmented areas of the gum, to reveal the healthy, lighter-colored tissue beneath. One of the benefits of gum depigmentation treatment is that it affords the periodontist higher accuracy and control in removing pigmentation, so the resulting gums appear natural and healthy. Our patients achieve flawless outcomes of lighter, more attractive gums after surgery, as well as increased confidence because they love their new smiles!

After undergoing gum depigmentation, patients may experience some discomfort and sensitivity in the gums. However, most people find that over-the-counter pain medications offer effective relief. The rate of success for this periodontal treatment is very high, and most patients achieve the more attractive, lighter-looking smile they desire. Our goal is to ensure all patients enjoy a gentle and painless dental experience.