Have you ever looked in the mirror, and wished you could make improvements on your smile? Periodontal therapy includes cosmetic procedures, called Periodontal Plastic Procedures, that can often make great improvements. Patients young and old can benefit from some common procedures that can make a big splash!
Root Coverage Grafting
You’ve most likely heard the expression “long in the tooth”, referring to someone who is getting older. This phrase originates from horses, or more specifically, horse’s teeth; as a horse ages, their teeth continue to grow, and their gums begin to recede. Now the phrase is often used to describe people, and sometimes the idiom is well-deserved. As we age, our gums do tend to recede, making our teeth appear longer than they did when we were young.
Advances in gum grafting techniques have made it possible to beautifully cover exposed roots of teeth. Esthetic root coverage grafting can be performed using either connective tissue from the palate, or AlloDerm, a tissue obtained from a tissue bank. Gumline restorations can often be removed and replaced with gum grafts that attach to root surfaces and protect them from abrasion or erosion.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
On the other end of the cosmetic spectrum, you may think your teeth are a little short, but what you actually see is a bit more gum than teeth in your smile. That means there is too much gum tissue, which needs to simply be removed in order to let your teeth show their normal length and beauty. A beautiful smile is the result of well-aligned teeth that are fully exposed. Excess gum tissue covers part of the anatomy of teeth and results in teeth that appear too short, or a smile that exhibits too much gum tissue.
Esthetic crown lengthening is performed to remove excess gum tissue to create a gumline at the correct position, and expose the full anatomy of teeth.
Gum or gingival depigmentation is a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to remove dark spots on the gums. While the normal gum color is pale pink, abnormally high amounts of melanin can cause dark spots and patches to appear on the gum tissue. Gum pigmentation can be removed by the Waterlase laser, leaving the gums pink in color.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, or are facing the possibility, it’s important to consider the overall health and function of your mouth, as well as the appearance of your smile. Dental implants function like teeth, giving patients back their ability to chew foods they love. Implants stimulate surrounding bone and prevent loss of jawbone over time, helping preserve a youthful appearance. Implants don’t get decay and have a longer life expectancy than teeth. Dental implants are the state of the art way to replace teeth.
Computer guided placement of dental implants utilizing CT scans provides maximum safety to avoid nerves, sinuses, and other vital structures, and maximum accuracy in implant placement within the bone. Best of all, computer guided placement ensures that each implant will be in the best possible position to support a crown, bridge or removable appliance. White and Blansett Periodontics and Dental Implants has been placing computer guided dental implants since 2005 and has found this process to be minimally invasive and extremely beneficial to their patients.
Gums that remain inflamed and swollen over a period of time can become thick and fibrous in spite of good oral hygiene. This is a common problem for orthodontic patients, and also for periodontal patients taking certain medications.
Removal of thick, fibrous tissue is a very simple procedure using the Waterlase laser and topical anesthesia. This procedure is easy to tolerate and heals rapidly with minimal discomfort.
These procedures and more are available at our office. Call to schedule a consultation, and let us work with you on improving the appearance of your smile!