Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, find them too short, or overall unsightly, you may be a candidate for a combination of periodontal procedures and cosmetic dentistry.
Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. This can be corrected by performing a periodontal plastic surgery procedure, known as crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of your natural tooth. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful smile.
Another cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue graft. The graft is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession, and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss.
Tooth loss causes your jawbone to recede. This can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, and give the overall appearance of aging.
The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured because of spaces remaining under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth. Bone grafting, or socket preservation, following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement for either an dental implant crown, or fixed bridge, around the replacement teeth.