Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Cosmetic periodontal procedures can include gum grafting procedures or esthetic crown lenthening. Gum grafting proceudres 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 short, unsightly teeth, or your gumline is asymmetrical, then esthetic crown lengthening could improve the appearance of your smile.
Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. We can correct this by performing the periodontal plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum, and sometimes bone are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one or multiple teeth to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful smile.
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, and appearance of a general 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.
For more information about gum grafting, please refer to the “other services” section of our website, and click on gum grafting for an in-depth description.