Esthetic Periodontal Surgery

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 known as Esthetic Crown Lengthening. During this procedure, the supporting tissues 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. If teeth have previously had crowns or restorations, esthetic crown lengthening is often combined with restorative procedures performed by your general dentist. Combining these creates a natural, esthetic look to both the teeth and gum tissues. Patients who have this procedure performed see an immediate change in their smile even before they leave our office.

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.

Spaces under replacement teeth, often with bridges, can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw. The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured because of these spaces, or the teeth may appear too long compared to nearby teeth. This is due to recession of the gums and underlying supporting structures that occurs after teeth have been lost. This can often be corrected with a gum graft to restore the natural thickness of gum tissue under the bridge.