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Oral Plastic Surgery

Oral Plastic Surgery (Gingival Flap Surgery, Gingivectomy, Gingivoplasty) - Houston, TX

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Oral plastic surgery includes gingival flap surgery (scaling and root planing), gingivectomy (crown lengthening), and gingivoplasty (gum tissue graft), all of which improve the appearance and function of the gums. Periodontal (gum) disease can cause the gums to recede or to become overgrown, which increases the areas where dental plaque and bacteria can become trapped. Oral plastic surgery treats the cause of periodontal disease, prevents further problems, and improves the appearance of the gums and teeth. At Texas Periodontal Associates in Houston, board-certified periodontist Dr. Roberto Porras performs several types of oral plastic surgery depending on the needs of his patient to give them their best treatment and results.

Reasons For Oral Surgery

  • To fix a gummy smile
  • To treat excess gum tissue
  • To even the gumline
  • To cover exposed tooth roots
  • To treat gum recession
  • To fill indentations in the gums and bone


  • Gingival Flap Surgery: this procedure treats moderate to severe periodontitis by separating the soft tissue from the teeth and then deep cleaning the gum pockets
  • Gingivectomy: this procedure removes excess gum tissue to minimize the areas where bacteria and plaque can hide, while lengthening the visible tooth
  • Gingivoplasty: this procedure reshapes the soft gum tissue after the gums have receded and may involve gum grafts to fill in or strengthen areas of the gums


After oral plastic surgery, the patient should take care to follow a regular oral care routine, including proper brushing and flossing, as well as an antibacterial mouthwash and regular dental checkups. The doctor will go over any other specific information depending on the patient’s condition for care after surgery and ongoing home care.

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$325 - $5,500
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How Long It Takes  
2-5 hours
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Healthy, Beautiful Gums

With advanced oral plastic surgeries, like gingival flap surgery, gigivectomy, and gingivoplasty, unhealthy gums can be restored to full function and given a healthy appearance. Oral plastic surgery corrects receding gums, excess gum tissue causing a “gummy smile,” and cleans the gum pockets.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary. All procedures are performed under intravenous conscious sedation.