Robert L. Friess DMD
3295 Triangle Drive SE : Ste 242 : Salem, OR 97302
: 503.585.0101

Gum & Bone

Gum & BoneMost gum and bone procedures are recommended to improve overall oral health, prevent future problems, prevent worsening problems and to improve appearance. We always want to make sure you’re comfortable with the treatment we recommend and we will always explain every procedure to you in-depth beforehand so you understand exactly what will be done. The techniques we employ for many of these procedures represent the greatest advances in modern dentistry.

Gum and bone treatments we offer include:

  • Crown lengthening
  • Frenectomy
  • Scaling
  • Root Planing

For advanced gum and bone procedures we will refer you to a specialist who has advanced training for procedures such as bone and gum tissue grafting, perio plastic surgery, and sinus lifts.

Crown Lengthening

When a patient has teeth that appear very small, or refers to their smile as “gummy” one of the procedures that we can use to correct this is crown lengthening. A tooth has two main components – the root and the crown. The crown is the portion of the tooth that is visible, it is what is above the gum line. Crown lengthening is a fairly straightforward procedure.

To lengthen the crown of a tooth generally we remove a portion of the gums. This allows more of the crown to be visible. Sometimes it is necessary to alter the jawbone in a similar way to increase the perceived height of the tooth. Many times in order to give the teeth the correct appearance we will need to place crowns on them. Crowns can give a fuller look to the base of what would otherwise appear to be too skinny.


Your mouth contains a few different frenula. What is a frenulum? Small folds of tissue that connect one part of the body to another. A frenulum connects your tongue to the base of your mouth. They can become a bother when they start to restrict the natural movement of the parts of the body they are connecting.

You have heard of being “tongue tied”? This refers to an actual medical condition where the frenulum under the tongue restricts movement to the point that it is bothersome. Sometime it can be so severe that it alters the way a person speaks and eats. We have the ability to remove enough of the frenulum to allow you to eat and speak properly.

Scaling and Root Planing

Plaque and tartar can build up on teeth if they are not taken care of properly. What many people don’t know is that this issue can take place both above and below the gum line. When tartar has a chance to build anywhere it is an issue, but when it builds up below the gum line it can really do a lot of damage to your teeth and gums.

In order to prevent gingivitis, periodontitis, tooth decay, and bone loss it is in your best interest to have a scaling and root planning done to remove any tartar that is present below the gum line.

Call our office today at (971) 600-2006 to schedule your appointment!