Cosmetic Periodontal Therapy

A beautiful smile starts with healthy gums and bone to support teeth.

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Your smile matters, probably more than you realize. Research continues to confirm the influential role of smiles on our relationships and our self-esteem. If you’re confident, you smile more. If you smile more, your confidence shows.

But are you hesitant to flash your smile because you’re embarrassed by bad teeth? Fortunately, there is a growing range of options that open doors for anyone to enjoy a stunning new smile.

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Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening is performed to improve the health of the gum tissue, prepare the mouth for a certain restorative procedures, or to correct a “gummy smile”.

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Ridge Augmentation

Ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure performed to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and bone that may have been lost due to a tooth extraction, trauma, or for another reason.

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Gum Depigmentation

Laser gum depigmentation is a cosmetic procedure to easily remove the brown or black patches that often occur naturally on gum tissue.

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening is performed to improve the health of the gum tissue, prepare the mouth for a certain restorative procedures, or to correct a “gummy smile”.

A beautiful smile is the result of well aligned teeth that are fully exposed.  If excess gum tissue covers the teeth, a “gummy smile” results in a less esthetically-pleasing smile. The crown-lengthening procedure involves reshaping or recontouring the gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question to expose more tooth structure. This cosmetic periodontal procedure can be performed on a single tooth or on multiple teeth.

Crown lengthening can also be required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration, and the edge of that restoration will be deep below the gum tissue and not easily accessible for daily cleaning. Crown lengthening exposes more of the tooth, which allows your restorative dentist to reach the edge of the restoration, ensuring a proper fit. This allows you to clean the edge of the restoration when you brush and floss to prevent decay and gum disease.

Ridge Augmentation

Ridge augmentation is a common dental procedure performed to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and bone that may have been lost due to a tooth extraction, trauma, or for another reason.

When a tooth is removed, an empty socket is left in the alveolar ridge bone, the bone that surrounds the roots of the teeth.  As the site heals there can be extensive bone shrinkage within the first several months following the extraction. The previous height and width of the socket will continue to deteriorate with time.

Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge may be required for dental implant placement, or for aesthetic purposes. Dental implants require bone to support their structure, and a ridge augmentation can help rebuild this bone to accommodate the implant. A ridge augmentation is accomplished by placing bone graft material at the site of the missing tooth (the ridge).

Gum Depigmentation

Gum depigmentation is a cosmetic procedure to remove the brown or black patches that often occur naturally on gum tissue.

While gum tissue is normally a pale pink color, sometimes dark spots and patches can appear on the gum tissue. This can affect people of all races and ethnicities, though it is more common in people with darker skin. The dark patches are usually natural, though smoking, systemic illnesses, and taking certain medications can also contribute to the condition.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long after aesthetic crown lengthening will I be ready to have any restorations (crowns, veneers, etc) placed with my dentist?

Typically we will wait 12 weeks after the surgical procedures to ensure the new gumline is stable and fully matured.  This ensures the new gum line will not change once the final restorations are placed with your dentist.

Will the pigmented areas that were removed ever come back?

The cells that are responsible for the pigmentation of the gum tissue usually regenerate within 7-8 years.  Some pigmentation may return, but if it does it is usually not as pronounced and future treatment is not as involved.

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