Emily E. Hall D.D.S., M.P.H., P.A.

Periodontist

Waynesville, NC

828.456.9897

Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

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These procedures are a predictable 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 Dr. Hall and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.

Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. We can correct this by performing the periodontal plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. 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. An alternative option to traditional gingival grafts is now also available to treat gingival recession in cosmetic areas. Dr. Hall can apply a bioactive gel to the exposed root surfaces and then surgically reposition the existing gingival tissue to cover the gingival recession. This state of the art technique allows for more conservative treatment while achieving a good cosmetic result. Not all areas of gingival recession can be treated with this technique depending upon the severity of the condition.

Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw, an appearance of a 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 for either an implant crown or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.