Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

Cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and 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. Alvord or Dr. Rawlings and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist. These procedures include crown lengthening, gum grafting, and bone grafting.

Crown LengtheningAlthough your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length and simply covered with too much gum tissue. We can correct this by performing the periodontal plastic surgery procedure known as 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 and will result in a more esthetically pleasing gum line and beautiful smile.

Gum Grafting:  Another cosmetic procedure is called gum grafting, also known as soft tissue grafting. This is used to cover unattractive teeth roots, reduce gum recession, and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss. 

Bone GraftingThis procedure is used to preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse after experiencing the loss of teeth. Because tooth loss eventually causes the jawbone to recede, it can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in both the gums and jaw. In addition, this recession of bone also adds to the general appearance of aging. With this type of treatment, there is less shrinkage and a more appealing look to your overall mouth and jaw.

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