|Cosmetic Treatment Options
|In addition to procedures to treat gum disease, Dr. Aeschliman performs cosmetic procedures to enhance your smile. These cosmetic procedures are very similar to the those procedures described in Periodontal Treatment, but with an aesthetic goal in mind.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening (Gingivectomy)
A beautiful smile is the result of well aligned teeth that are fully exposed. If excess gum tissue covers part of the anatomy of teeth and results in teeth that appear too short or a smile that exhibits too much gum tissue, esthetic crown lengthening is indicated. Aesthetic crown lengthening is performed to remove excess gum tissue to create a gum line at the correct position and expose the full anatomy of teeth. This procedure may be performed on natural teeth or on teeth that are planned for restoration with crowns or veneers.
Esthetic Gum Grafting
As with disease caused gum recession, tissue lose causes the tooth root to become exposed, which makes your teeth look long and can make you look older than you are. This recession can happen as a result of a variety of causes, including periodontal diseases, genetics, and tissue trauma.
Gum graft surgery and other root coverage procedures are designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce further gum recession and to protect vulnerable roots from decay. This procedure can also eliminate unsightly aesthetic differences between teeth.
Ridge augmentations are done to restore normal ridge contours in areas where teeth have been removed. These sites are usually planned for tooth replacement with pontics (fake teeth) as part of a bridge or in sites planned for dental implants. Ridge augmentations may include the use of connective tissue or the use of bone grafts. Ridge augmentation helps maintain natural looking dentition and the avoidance of facial collapse.
Dental implants are a state of the art way of replacing teeth. Implants are titanium screw-like fixtures that replace teeth with permanent restorations (crowns and bridges) or support removable appliances. Implants stimulate surrounding bone and prevent loss of jawbone over time, helping preserve a youthful facial appearance. Implants don't get decay and have a longer life expectancy than teeth supported with bridges. To learn more about dental implantology at Perio Central, visit our Dental Implants page.