Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces, and to prevent future gum recession. If you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth, this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Dr. Gainey, and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.
Although your teeth may appear short, they could actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. Dr. Gainey can correct this condition by performing the periodontal surgery procedure, crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reduced and reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to more than one tooth, to idealize your gum line, and to help create a beautiful smile.
Another periodontal cosmetic surgery procedure is the gingival graft. This is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession, and to help protect the tooth roots from decay and potential tooth loss. Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede, which can lead to premature aging, and an unsightly defect in your gums and jaw.
Bone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement for either an implant crown or a fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.
For more information about gum grafting, and bone grafting, please refer to the treatment section of our website, and click on each individual procedure for a detailed description.