Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

Cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. If you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth, this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Drs. Rutledge, LeĀ or Bradley and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.

Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. We can correct this by performing the periodontal plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening. During this procedure, gum and bone tissues are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. Cosmetic work on the tooth can then be completed by your general dentist to achieve the tooth shape and esthetics you desire. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful smile.

Another cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue graft. It is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession, and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss.

Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, and the appearance of general aging. The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured because of spaces remaining under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth. Bone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement of either an implant crown or fixed bridge can be achieved.

For more information about gum grafting, and bone grafting, please refer to the respective section on our website, and click on each individual procedure for an in-depth description.