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Cosmetic Procedures

Many periodontists also perform cosmetic procedures to enhance your smile. Quite often patients who have undergone cosmetic procedures notice improved function as well as smile.

The Cosmetic procedures include:
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Soft Tissue Grafts
  • Ridge Augmentation

Crown Lengthening - If you have a gummy smile and your teeth appear short due to excess gum tissue, you may be a candidate for Crown Lengthening, which is performed by a periodontist. Under this procedure the excess gum and bone tissue is restructured to make the natural tooth more visible. Crown Lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, the entire gum line or on multiple teeth.

Often, crown lengthening is also recommended for restorative/cosmetic dental procedure, For example, if part of a tooth is broken below the gum line due to fracture or decay, a crown lengthening procedure can be recommended to adjust the level of the gum and bone around the tooth or teeth involved, thereby providing more tooth structure and allowing for the final crown restoration to be constructed.

Benefits

  • Crown lengthening is important for the overall strength of the final crown
  • Improves periodontal health.

Soft Tissue Grafts - Exposed roots are the result of gum recession. There are a variety of reasons behind receded gums, which includes aggressive tooth brushing, periodontal disease, anatomic susceptibility, and tooth position. If left untreated it can lead to tooth decay on roots and even tooth loss. Soft tissue grafting is the most common treatment for recession. A Soft tissue graft procedure can repair the defect and can help to prevent further recession and bone loss.

During this procedure a healthy gum tissue will be moved from your palate or another donor source to cover the recessed root.

Ridge Augmentation - Sometimes, when a tooth is lost, the gum and bone where the tooth was shrinks and creates an indention in the gum. This happens because the jawbone isn't holding a tooth in place anymore, even though there may be a bridge or partial in place. This defect can be corrected with the procedure called ridge augmentation. The process involves recapturing the natural contour of your gums and jaw in order to create a new natural looking easy-to-clean and beautiful tooth.