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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 cosmetic periodontal procedure by Dr. Harley Williams. This often can be done using the advanced BIOLASE water laser method. Please see the video below which illustrates this. The doctor can discuss with you whether or not you are a good candidate for any of these cosmetic procedures.
Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery Procedures
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 called crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth crown. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful smile.
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, sensitivity, and eventual tooth loss.
Tooth loss often causes the jaw bone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, and appearance of general aging. The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured because of spaces that remain under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth.
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 fixed bridge around the replacement teeth can be done for you at the appropriate time.
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 an in-depth description.