Periodontal procedures are available to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and/or improve the esthetics of your gum line.
During crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
Your may need crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure if your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge.
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening
Many times, your smile is the first thing people notice when meeting. If your teeth appear small when smiling, it can look unattractive. This is known as a “gummy” smile. An uneven gum line can also be distracting. In many cases multiple-tooth crown lengthening can be done to give your teeth a longer and more attractive appearance.
Procedure: The dental specialist administers a local anesthetic and gently re-contours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural teeth.
Periodontal procedures are available to stop further dental problems and gum recession, and/or to improve the aesthetics of your gum line.
Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you’re not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.
Once the contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.
Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure, your doctor takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have a soft tissue graft to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.
Sometimes when you lose one or more teeth, you can get an indention in your 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 indentation unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth. Ridge augmentation can also be used to build up an area of bone so that a dental implant can be placed.
Your dental specialist can fill in this “defect”, recapturing the natural contour of your gums and jaw. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy-to-clean and beautiful.
Your jawbone is what supports your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, periodontal disease dissolves parts of your jawbone. This causes bone loss and eventual loss of teeth. The first step is to remove the periodontal disease which halts the bone loss. Then we repair the damage that has occurred. In many cases, various bone grafting techniques can be used to grow back some of the jawbone that was lost.
Procedure: Your doctor administers a local anesthetic and gently opens the area, removes the periodontal disease, repairs the bone damage and then finally fills in the damaged area with bone grafting material.
Antibiotic Treatment to arrest periodontal disease
Some localized, topical antibiotics can enhance your periodontal treatment. In certain isolated circumstances, placement of antibiotic medicine can also reduce infection. This antibiotic therapy is always done in conjunction with scaling and deep cleanings. This procedure is more often used for patients that have had previous periodontal repair therapy.
Procedure: Topical antibiotics, in various forms, are precisely placed in isolated areas to improve healing after the localized area is scaled and deep cleaned. Afterwards the results are closely monitored during follow-up maintenance visits.