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.
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.