Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Treatments
A dental Implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are the answer for many people with missing or damaged teeth, and they are a long-term solution that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Root coverage procedures are often used to treat gums that have receded to the point that the roots of a tooth are exposed. During the procedure, your periodontist will take gum tissue from the roof of your mouth to cover the root and develop tissue where needed.
Ridge augmentation procedures are often performed to correct irregularities in the gums and jaw after tooth extraction. A periodontist may also perform a ridge augmentation to prevent the jawbone from collapsing after a tooth extraction.
Bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around the teeth. In cases of advanced periodontal disease, deep pockets can form in the spaces between the gum and tooth, providing a space for additional bacteria to fester and cause further damage to gum and bone. Your periodontist clears the pockets of any bacteria and infection and retightens the gum tissue around the tooth.
Crown lengthening is a procedure where excess gum tissue is removed to expose more of the “crown,” the white enamel-covered part of the tooth. This procedure is performed on patients who have a “gummy smile” in which teeth appear too short or gum seems uneven. This can be administered to one tooth or to enhance the entire smile.
Sometimes, you may need a few of these procedures to build the framework for the perfect smile. A combination of periodontal procedures can result in a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health!