Periodontal procedures lay the groundwork for cosmetic dental treatment and enhance the esthetics of your smile.
When recession of the gingiva occurs, the body loses a natural defense against both bacterial penetration and trauma. When gum recession is a problem, gum reconstruction using grafting techniques is an option.
Gum recession often results in root sensitivity to hot and cold foods as well as an unsightly appearance of the gum and tooth. When significant, gum recession can predispose to worsening recession and expose the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to root caries and root gouging. A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems.
A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth or gently moved over from adjacent areas to provide a stable band of attached gingiva around the tooth. The gingival graft may be placed in such a way as to cover the exposed portion of the root.
The gingival graft procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth.
Esthetic crown lengthening
Esthetic crown lengthening improves a “gummy smile” because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper length, but they are covered with excess gum tissue. During the procedure, excess gum and bone is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth to even your gum line, or to several teeth to reveal a beautifully natural, broad smile.