For those who have unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces, Dental Implant and Periodontal Specialists also offer cosmetic periodontal options. Not only does it prevent future gum recession, but it helps those who may be unhappy with the appearance of their smile due to “short” teeth or a gummy smile. A combination of periodontal procedures by Dr. Cristoforo can greatly improve these issues.
Short or Small Teeth
Even though your teeth may appear to be too short, they most likely are the correct size. Instead, the issue tends to be too much gum tissue covering parts of the tooth itself. Dr. Cristoforo can correct this with a simple periodontal surgery, during which the excess gum tissue is reshaped to expose the correct amount of your natural tooth. This periodontal procedure can be done to multiple teeth at once to give you that beautiful smile you’ve always been wanting.
Another cosmetic periodontal surgery is called a soft tissue graft. This is done when a patient has teeth that appear too long due to exposed roots or gum recession. It is important to have this procedure, as it protects the roots of your teeth from decay and eventual loss.
When you lose teeth, the bone in your jaw begins to recede, which can lead to an unnatural indentation in your gums and jaw. When this happens, it is difficult to reshape your mouth back to its original form due to spaces underneath and between replacement teeth. This is another reason some patient’s teeth seem too long.
A bone graft can be essential after one loses a tooth. It preserves the socket/ridge, and reduces gum and bone collapse. In addition, there is less shrinkage and can allow for a more aesthetic tooth replacement called a dental implant.