Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Periodontal Plastic Procedures

Periodontal plastic surgery can give
you a perfect smile and boost your confidence
so you can be at your best.

First impressions are everything! So why not make a good first impression when you meet someone? Periodontal plastic procedures can help you "knock the socks off' of anyone by giving you a perfect smile and boosting your confidence so you can be at your best.

Cosmetic surgery has become more popular than ever before, especially now that more Americans are living longer and aging more gracefully with the help of plastic surgery. Periodontal plastic surgery has also felt this trend as it has experienced a significant shift toward cosmetic-related surgery to help make smiles last a lifetime. Fifty percent (50%) of people consider their smile as a first impression.

Gummy Smile or Uneven Gum Line:

Do you feel your teeth look too short and your smile is too gummy? Or, that your gums cover too much of some teeth while leaving the others the right length? If so, crown lengthening might be the solution for you. During this procedure, excess gum tissue is removed to expose more of the crown of the tooth. Then, your gumline is sculpted to give your new smile just her right look.

Loose Teeth/Exposed Roots:

Do you feel you look older than you really are? Sometimes gum recession causes the tooth root to become exposed, which makes your teeth look long and can make you look older than you are. This recession can happen as a result of a variety of causes, including periodontal diseases. Whatever the reason, exposed roots are unappealing and can leave you at risk of developing cavities on your tooth root.

Soft tissue grafts and other root coverage procedures are designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce further gum recession and to protect vulnerable roots from decay.

Are you starting to look like your grandmother because missing teeth are causing unappealing gaps in your smile? If so, dental implants might be the answer for you.

Dental implants are a more natural looking option compared to dentures or bridges because implants look and feel just like your own teeth. They also allow you to speak and eat with comfort and confidence.

During this procedure, an artificial tooth root is placed into your jaw, and after a healing period, an artificial tooth is attached to the root.

Indentations in the Gums and Jawbone:

Tooth loss can cause an indentation in the gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. This happens because the jawbone recedes when it no longer is holding a tooth in place. Not only is this indention unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth.

Ridge augmentation can fill in this defect recapturing the natural contour of the gums and jaw. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy to clean and beautiful.

Oftentimes, we may use several different types of procedures to build a framework for your perfect smile.

A Healthy Smile:

A personalized program of care is helpful in maintaining healthy gums. The key word is: maintenance therapy. By exercising proper home care and having frequent periodontal maintenance treatments, you will help protect your periodontal health.

What is Periodontal Maintenance Therapy?

Since periodontal disease is a chronic condition, it is helpful to establish an ongoing program to maintain the improvements achieved during active treatment. For patients with a significant amount of periodontal disease, AAP and our office recommend visits every three months, otherwise two times a year. These sessions are designed to preserve the healthy state of your gums and stabilize your bone levels. On‑going treatment success is based on your conscientious home care, and the professional treatments you receive in our office.

What is done during a Periodontal Maintenance Session?

  • Your mouth will be examined for abnormal changes and changes in your health or medications.
  • Your teeth will be cleaned to remove bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar). Your teeth will feel clean.
  • Necessary x-rays may be taken to evaluate the teeth and supporting bone for changes.