Restore Your Smile
Have a “gummy smile” or uneven gum line? Cosmetic periodontal surgery can deter gum line recession after tooth loss and brighten your smile.
Get Esthetic Crown Lengthening for a Confident Smile
When too much gum tissue covers the crowns of your teeth, your teeth look smaller. They can also develop cavities under the gumline, which are difficult to treat without further exposing the crown.
Dr. Tredinick is an expert at performing cosmetic periodontal surgery to enhance your smile and improve your health long-term.
The esthetic crown lengthening procedure removes excess gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth to make the tooth appear larger. After the lengthening, Dr. Tredinick will resculpt your gum line to its correct height, width and shape. When complete, your smile will look bright, natural and attractive.
Correct Long Teeth and Exposed Roots
Gum recession can expose the roots of your teeth, causing them to appear longer and making you look older. Exposed tooth roots are also extremely sensitive to heat, cold and sugar, which can cause sharp pain in your roots and gums.
Gum recession happens for a variety of reasons, including your genetics, aggressive brushing and periodontal diseases. Whatever the cause, exposed roots 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 quick-healing and pain-free as possible. She is also trained to perform the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a breakthrough procedure that restores proper gum coverage without the need for soft tissue grafts.
Restore Health With Bone Grafting After Tooth Loss
After tooth loss, the jawbone recedes, causing an indentation in the gums and jawbone where the tooth was. Not only can this be unattractive, but it also makes the replacement tooth to look too long next to your other teeth.
A ridge augmentation procedure can recapture the natural contour of the gums and jaw, creating a new, natural-looking tooth that is beautiful and easy to clean.
Causes of Bone Loss
Gum disease – Plaque and calculus destroy the ligament and bone tissue around the teeth. As gum disease progresses, bone loss worsens, eventually causing tooth loss.
Missing teeth – Chewing stimulates your jawbone, helping it maintain its proper density. When teeth are missing, stimulation decreases, which gradually dissolves the bone.
Misaligned teeth – A misaligned tooth doesn’t make contact with the opposing arch when you chew. The lack of connection means there isn’t sufficient pressure when eating, causing the jawbone to weaken and dissolve.
Tooth injury – Mouth trauma or tooth injury can cause the tooth to develop an infection, which can spread and cause bone loss.
Jaw infection – Bacterial or viral infections other than gum disease can penetrate the bone tissue around your teeth, causing bone loss.
Bone grafting after tooth loss or damage preserves the socket and ridge and minimizes gum and bone collapse. This procedure reduces shrinkage and allows for a more esthetic tooth replacement for a dental implant or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.
We can obtain bone graft material from bone in other parts of the body, from a human tissue bank or from other biocompatible material that stimulates bone regeneration.
Recover Your Smile and
To find out whether esthetic crown lengthening or cosmetic periodontal surgery is right for you, talk to us online or at 979-258-3491 to schedule an evaluation today.