Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
There are a many periodontal procedures that can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Gums are like the frame around a beautiful picture, if they are healthy and contoured correctly, your teeth can be beautiful. If they are unhealthy, receding, or excessive, they can spoil your smile. The specific procedure that you need depends upon your desires, expectations, and individual case. In many cases, a combination of periodontal procedures by Dr. Gould and cosmetic restorations by your dentist are all that is needed to bring out the beauty in your teeth.
If you have a gummy smile, or 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 known as cosmetic crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess supporting tissues are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. 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 (also called a Gingival Graft). It is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession, and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss. Please see the section on Gingival (Gum) Grafting Procedures.
Tooth loss can also cause an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, an appearance of general aging. The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured because of spaces remaining under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth. A procedure performed by your periodontist known as Ridge Preservation prevents the gum and bone from collapsing after tooth extraction. Please see our section on Ridge Preservation to learn more.