If you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth, cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover sensitive, unattractive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession.

Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. We can correct this with crown lengthening, a procedure where excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to just one tooth or your entire gum line to create a beautiful smile.

The soft tissue graft, another cosmetic periodontal procedure, is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession, and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss.

Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw and premature aging. The original shape of your mouth may not be recaptured because of spaces remaining under and between replacement teeth, and the replacement teeth may appear too long compared to nearby teeth.

To minimize the possibility of gum and bone collapse and preserve the socket following tooth loss, we recommend bone grafting. This leaves the mouth with less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement for either an implant or bridge around the replacement teeth.

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

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