A Look at Common Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures

Did you know that periodontists are known as the plastic surgeons of dentistry? This is because these dental specialists can perform oral surgery on gums to enhance the appearance of a patient’s smile. Continue reading for information on some common cosmetic procedures used in periodontics.

Gum Graft Surgery

Some people’s natural gum to tooth ratio causes their teeth to appear long, giving them a toothy smile. Also, periodontal disease or aggressive tooth brushing can lead to gum recession and have the same effect. Receding gums can cause a person’s teeth to appear longer and her appearance to seem older. If you could benefit from having a gum line that covers more of your teeth, then your periodontist may recommend gum graft oral surgery. During this procedure, gum tissue is taken from your palate or another source and used to cover the problem area, which can be one or more teeth.

Dental Crown Lengthening

On the other hand, it’s also possible for people to have more gum tissue than they would like. When your gum to tooth ratio gives you a gummy smile and causes your teeth to appear short, then your periodontist may ask you to consider dental crown lengthening. In this procedure, the excess gum tissue is removed, and your periodontist will then sculpt your gum line in a way that improves the look of your smile by exposing more of your teeth.

Ridge Augmentation

Have you lost one or more of your teeth? If so, then your appearance may have changed over time because of bone loss in the jaw, which can happen when a tooth is lost and not replaced with a dental implant. Ridge augmentation is a procedure that can address this problem and provide you with a more youthful look by restoring the natural shape of your jaw and gums.

Eagle Falls Dentistry on Stratford Drive and Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale Road offer cosmetic periodontics in Bloomingdale, IL. If you would like to learn more or schedule your appointment, then please give us a call today at (630) 894-5992.

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