Cosmetic Procedures

We offer our patients a variety of cosmetic periodontal procedures to enhance the appearance of the teeth and smile. 

Esthetic Crown Lengthening to Correct a “Gummy” Smile

One of the most common esthetic procedures is anterior crown lengthening to improve a “gummy” smile.  This procedure involves reshaping the gum and bone tissue to expose more of the natural tooth, or “lengthen” it. The procedure can be performed for a single tooth to even the gum line, or for several teeth to improve the appearance of the entire smile.

 

Soft Tissue Grafts to Cover Exposed Tooth Roots

Although gum recession can be caused by a variety of reasons, the most common cause is aggressive tooth brushing.  Gum recession results in exposed tooth roots, which causes the teeth to appear too long compared to adjacent teeth.  Soft tissue graft procedures involve adding soft tissue to reinforce thin gums or repair the defect caused by gum recession.

Covering the roots that make the teeth look too long will improve the esthetic appearance of the smile.  This procedure will also help to prevent additional recession and bone loss, solve the problem of root sensitivity to extreme hot and cold temperatures, and protect the roots from decay.