Soft Tissue Esthetics - Florence & Louisville, KY

Healthy Gums Are Essential for Healthy Smiles

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Compassionate Dental Care Tailored to Soft Tissue

Gums (also known as gingiva), the soft tissue that surrounds your teeth, tooth roots and jawbone, are as essential to the function and beauty of your smile as are your pearly whites. They act as a seal and protective layer against disease-causing bacteria and a supportive structure that keeps your teeth firmly implanted. Soft tissue treatment in Louisville, KY and Florence, KY focuses on resolving conditions that threaten the health of your gums and surrounding tissues, both functionally and esthetically. At Embrace Dental Care, we offer customized soft tissue periodontics to treat inflammation, infection, receding gums, gummy smiles and excessive frenum tissue on the lower or upper arch. Our personalized procedures are targeted at gently rebalancing and restoring your dental health. In addition to using a local anesthetic, sedation dentistry is available for all soft tissue treatment in Florence, KY and Louisville, KY. The ultimate goal is to prevent serious repercussions like tooth loss, while enabling you to live a functional and healthy life!

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Benefits of Soft Tissue Treatment

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Crown Lengthening

This procedure involves reshaping or re-contouring gum tissue and bone around a tooth to enable placing a new crown or restoration. It’s also done to balance the gum-to-tooth ratio in patients with gummy smiles. During crown lengthening, we make a series of small incisions around the tissue to separate gums from a tooth or teeth. In some cases, we may need to extract a small amount of bone to achieve an ideal balance.



Frenum is connective tissue at the top of your mouth that connects gums to your lip, while in the lower mouth, it’s located between the base of the tongue and the floor of your mouth. Excess labial frenum in the upper mouth and tight lingual frenum in the lower mouth can cause problems, especially in children. A laser is used to gently remove excess frenum from the upper gums to prevent gaps in the front teeth and associated orthodontic problems. Frenum tissue is loosened under the tongue to enhance mobility and prevent speech problems. Although we perform this procedure more commonly in pediatric patients, on occasion it’s recommended in adults to improve their overall oral health and smile.



During a gingivectomy, we remove excess gum tissue to resolve gummy smiles, for both functional and cosmetic reasons. In most cases, we can perform this procedure in a traditional manner using scalpels and sutures.


Pinhole® Surgical Technique™

Gum recession is caused by gum disease, aging, injury, bacterial infections and genetics. Gum recession can cause loss of vital gum tissues around your teeth and increased tooth sensitivity. The Pinhole Surgical is a minimally invasive alternative to invasive gum grafting. It streamlines gum recession treatment and greatly reduces the risk of postsurgical infection, pain, bleeding and swelling.

Give your gums the caring attention they deserve.

Say no to bleeding or receding gums and call us today!