Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery in Lake Jackson
Cosmetic periodontal surgery is performed to reduce the effects of a “Gummy Smile” or an uneven gum line. The operation will also deter gum line recession and bone grafting following tooth loss.
Why choose cosmetic periodontal surgery?
When the crowns of your teeth are covered by too much gum tissue, your teeth look very small and can develop cavities under the gum line which are hard to treat without further exposing the crown. Additionally, an uneven gum line or gums that are excessively large can cause your smile to look unattractive and, in some cases, can affect your overall dental health.
Dr. Tredinick is an expert at performing cosmetic periodontal surgery to reshape the gum lines around your teeth or lengthen your tooth crown to beautify your smile or increase your oral health.
Gummy Smile or Uneven Gum Line
If you’re unhappy with your smile, think your teeth look too short, or that your gums cover too much of your teeth, consider crown lengthening.
If your teeth appear short or your gums dominate your smile, you have what is commonly called a “gummy smile.” Gummy smiles can be both a cosmetic and periodontal health problem because teeth that have too much gum covering the crown are harder to clean. If your tooth fractures under the extra gum tissue or develops decay, it will also be harder to treat.
Technically called functional crown lengthening, this procedure removes excess gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth. This helps the tooth appear normal in size. After the lengthening, Dr. Tredinick will re-sculpt the gum line to its correct height, width, and shape. When complete, your smile will look bright, natural and attractive.
Gum Recession: Long Teeth/Exposed Roots
Gum recession can cause your tooth roots to become exposed, making your teeth look long and making you look older than you actually are. Exposed tooth roots are also extremely susceptible to heat, cold, and sugary sweets which can cause sharp pain at the root and gums.
Gum recession happens for a variety of reasons, including your genetics and periodontal diseases. Whatever the cause, exposed roots are unappealing and leave you vulnerable to developing cavities on your tooth roots.
Soft tissue grafts and other root coverage procedures cover exposed roots and reduce further gum recession, protecting vulnerable roots from decay.
Dr. Tredinick uses minimally invasive procedures and advanced technology to make gum recession treatments as fast-healing and pain-free as possible. She is also trained to administer the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique for Gum Recession, a breakthrough procedure that restores proper gum coverage without the need for soft tissue grafts.
Bone Grafting Following Tooth Loss
After tooth loss, the jawbone recedes, causing an indentation in the gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. Not only can this be unattractive, but it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to adjacent teeth.
A ridge augmentation procedure can recapture the natural contour of the gums and jaw creating a new, natural-looking tooth that will be both beautiful and easy to clean.
Causes of Bone Loss
Gum disease – bacterial plaque and calculus destroy the ligament and bone tissue surrounding the teeth. As gum disease progresses, bone loss worsens, eventually causing teeth to be lost.
Missing teeth – your jawbone is stimulated by chewing and biting. This aids the jaw in maintaining its proper density. When teeth are missing, stimulation decreases, which gradually dissolves the bone.
A misaligned tooth – like a missing tooth, a misaligned tooth does not make contact with the opposing arch when you bite. The lack of connection does not generate sufficient pressure when eating, causing the jawbone to weaken and dissolve.
Injury to the tooth – mouth trauma or tooth injury can cause the tooth to shift or become infected. The infection can spread and cause bone loss.
Infection in the jaw – bacterial or viral infections other than gum disease can penetrate the bone tissue surrounding your teeth, causing bone loss.
Bone grafting following tooth loss or damage preserves the socket/ridge and minimizes gum and bone collapse. This procedure helps reduce shrinkage and create a more aesthetic tooth replacement for either dental implant crowns or for a fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.
Bone graft material can be obtained from the bone in other parts of the body, from a human tissue bank, or from other bio-compatible material that stimulates regeneration of new bone.
Recover Your Smile and Your
If you’re considering any of Coastal Periodontics’ cosmetic periodontal treatments, contact us online or at 979-258-3491 to schedule an evaluation today.