When someone sees you, your smile is the first thing that they notice. Smiling can demonstrate a person’s happiness, confidence, attractiveness, sociability, and sincerity.
However, the effects of gum disease or other oral tissue disorders can not only be dangerous to your health and well-being, but also have the potential to ruin your smile. Luckily, periodontists (peri=around, dont=teeth) are the experts in treating the tissues around the teeth. There are a variety of periodontal cosmetic procedures that can improve and enhance the overall look of your smile.
Missing Teeth: Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Dental implants can be placed along with gum restoration/grafting procedures to restore your smile.
Root Coverage: Receded gums can be of a cosmetic concern (“long in the tooth”), as well as sensitivity issues, tender gums during brushing, and higher chance of root cavities. Various gingival grafting techniques can be used to correct this problem.
Gummy Smile: Your teeth may actually be the proper length, but they are covered with too much gum tissue. Cosmetic crown lengthening can be performed to reshape the excess gum and bone tissues to expose more of the natural tooth. Think of it like pushing back the cuticles on a fingernail. The outcome is longer looking teeth and a winning smile.