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Cosmetic Periodontics – Lincoln, NE

Creating Balanced, Beautiful Grins

Most people think of whitening their teeth or hiding unsightly cracks when it comes to enhancing their smile, but in some cases it might be the gums that need attention. An excessive amount of gum tissue can hide large parts of the teeth, making them appear shorter than they should. To fix this, Drs. Rutledge, Le, Bradley, and Killeen can offer cosmetic procedures to even the gum line and sculpt a gleaming grin. Get in touch with Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry today to learn more about cosmetic periodontics in Lincoln, NE!

Woman with beautiful smile after cosmetic periodontics

Why Choose Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry for Cosmetic Periodontics?

  • Personable Staff and Doctors
  • Welcoming, Spacious Office
  • Advanced Technology for Precise, Comfortable Treatment

Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

Woman looking at smile after cosmetic periodontal surgery

Cosmetic periodontal surgery is usually performed with the goal of giving your teeth and gums a balanced, natural appearance. This could mean removing soft tissue to expose more of the enamel. In other cases, we may need to add gum tissue to hide tooth roots and reverse gum recession. Naturally, the approach we take depends entirely on your unique case, and we’ll only move forward after performing a thorough examination and exploring all your options.

Gum Grafting

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Gum recession doesn’t just leave the teeth looking longer than normal; it also leaves the roots unprotected against the bacteria and acids that could create cavities. Gum grafting can be used to rebuild lost gum tissue by transplanting healthy tissue from a different area of your mouth to protect the tooth and restore overall balance. This procedure is considered both safe and reliable, and there are various grafting techniques that can be employed.

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Aesthetic Crown Lengthening & Recontouring

Woman with gorgeous smile after aesthetic crown lengthening and gum recontouring

If you have what’s called a “gummy smile”, the solution is very simple: reshape the gum line and expose more of the natural tooth as needed. This is called gum recontouring. Crown lengthening is a very similar process, but it’s usually performed to make room for a new dental crown. Both procedures have health benefits as well; excessive gum tissues can make it difficult to brush and floss well, but once the gum line has been reshaped it will be much easier to practice good oral hygiene.

Perio Plastic Surgery

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Are you thinking that your gums are getting in the way of an attractive smile? You can schedule a consultation with us to explain your goals and explore your different treatment options. Periodontal plastic surgery can have many uses and can improve oral function as well as aesthetics under the right circumstances. Whether you have too much gum tissue or too little, Drs. Rutledge, Le, Bradley, and Killeen can work with it to create a better frame for your teeth.

Understanding the Cost of Cosmetic Periodontics

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When you think about cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and veneers likely come to mind. However, sometimes it is the gums that need to be addressed to achieve your smile goals. During your consultation with us, we can discuss the cost of your treatment in detail. Until then, here are some things to take into consideration.

Which Cosmetic Periodontic Service Is Right for Me?

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There are a few different types of cosmetic periodontic treatments we offer. Here is what they entail:

  • Gum Grafting: Over time, gum tissue can recede and wear away from the teeth. This can affect the appearance of your smile and can cause sensitivity and other oral health issues if severe. The cost of gum grafting depends on how much area is affected and how much the gums have receded.
  • Crown Lengthening: This procedure involves the removal of gum tissue to expose more of the enamel, making your teeth appear longer. This is done to improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile and can be beneficial when restoring teeth that are decayed or broken below the gumline. The more teeth you are having treated, the higher the cost.
  • Gum Recontouring: If you feel that your smile is too “gummy,” gum recontouring could be the right option for you. Gum overgrowth often makes patients feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile. Gum recontouring can be used to reshape the gum line to give you a more proportionate smile. The cost of this treatment depends on the extent of tissue that needs to be removed.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Cosmetic Periodontic Services?

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If your procedure is deemed medically necessary and not solely for cosmetic purposes, it is likely that your insurance will cover part of your treatment. That being said, medical and dental insurance can vary widely based on your location, insurance provider, and the plan that you have. It is always best to contact your provider ahead of time so that you don’t run into any surprises. We would also be happy to help you with this process.

How to Make Cosmetic Periodontics Affordable

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When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, dental insurance doesn’t usually cover procedures if they are purely cosmetic. However, this doesn’t mean that you are completely on your own. We are proud to accept payments through CareCredit – a third-party financing company that can split the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly installments with little to no interest. To learn more about your financial options, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our friendly team members!