Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. However, if you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth and a ‘gummy’ smile, this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Dr. Adornato. Your General Dentist may be involved in treatment, if additional cosmetic, restorative dentistry is needed.
Although some teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. Dr. Adornato can correct this by performing the periodontal plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be completed to one or more natural teeth. This procedure can recontour your gum line, brighten your smile, remove the ‘gummy’ appearance when you smile and create the beautiful smile you’ve been looking for.
Another cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue graft. It is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession, and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss.
Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw. The appearance of a general aging. The original look of your smile may not be recaptured because of spaces remaining under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth.
Bone grafting, completed at the same time as tooth extraction, can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less collapse of the gums and bone. With advanced planning, a more aesthetic tooth replacement for either a dental implant crown or fixed bridge is possible.
For more information about gum grafting, and bone grafting, please refer to the treatment section of our website, and click on each individual procedure for an in-depth description.