These procedures are a predictable way to improve your smile. There are several different problems which may occur and each problem requires different treatment techniques. If you have unsightly, sensitive or exposed root surfaces due to gum recession which causes long, non-esthetic teeth, these teeth and root surfaces can be covered and repaired. This reduces gum recession and protects the roots from decay and eventual tooth loss. This procedure is commonly called a “gum graft“.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth due to a “gummy smile”, this can also be greatly improved through a combination of periodontal procedures by your periodontist and cosmetic restorative dentistry by your dentist. 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 the periodontal plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening.
Dramatically change and improve the
appearance of your smile
During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful smile.
Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, creating an appearance of premature aging. The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured due to loss of bone and gum tissue. Attempts to replace missing teeth without first repairing the missing bone and gum tissue may create teeth which appear too long and have unsightly spaces between these teeth.
Bone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more esthetic tooth replacement for either an implant crown or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth once grafting is accomplished
To learn more please visit the website of the American Academy of Periodontology.
Looking to keep gum disease away or replace teeth with implants? Dr. Childers and our experienced team can help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Contact us today.