Periodontal Plastic Surgery
New Bedford, MA & Falmouth, MA
When most people think of a beautiful smile, they tend to focus on the appearance of the teeth. While your teeth do play an integral role in the quality of your smile, you can have the most beautiful teeth but still not have the ideal smile. This is because, in addition to your teeth, your gums also play a role in how your smile looks. Issues with your gums can significantly decrease the quality of your smile, no matter how perfect your teeth are. At Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry we can help you to achieve the smile of your dreams with periodontal plastic surgery.
Excess gum tissue causes your otherwise perfect teeth to appear small, almost like baby teeth. This is often referred to as a gummy smile. Crown lengthening is a procedure designed to remove excess gum tissue, giving you a more natural gum line and improving the quality of your smile. Crown lengthening can also be performed to make proper crown placement possible, to effectively fill cavities at
the gum line, and to improve your periodontal health.
Gum recession not only affects the appearance of your smile, causing your teeth to appear longer, but it can also impact your oral health. Gum recession exposes more surface area of your teeth, increasing your risk for tooth decay and cavities. Recession can expose tooth roots, leading to tooth sensitivity. Your teeth may also become loose. Gum grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking tissue from another area of your mouth, frequently the roof, or from a tissue donor. The tissue is sutured into place over the recessed areas. A healthy gum line reforms as you heal.
Gum disease can also impact the condition of your gums. When you have gum disease, your jawbone can become misshapen. Osseous surgery is a procedure that is performed to smooth out the bone affected by gum disease, helping your gum tissue to reattach as it heals. With your gums securely reattached to your bone, your mouth is easier to maintain, and you are better able to fight new gum disease from occurring.
Gum disease can also lead to tooth loss. When you lose your teeth, your bone becomes weaker, and it begins to change shape. This can alter your bite as well as the shape of your face. Additionally, it can make the placement of dental implants much more difficult. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves taking bone from elsewhere in your body, or from a compatible donor, and transplanting it into your jaw. As you heal, your natural jawbone fuses to or around the grafting material, restoring strength and shape to your jaw.
A ridge, or socket, preservation is a type of bone graft that is done following tooth extraction. When a tooth is removed, an empty socket is left behind. This empty space can promote shifting of adjacent teeth, as well as make it difficult to place a dental implant. With ridge preservation, the grafting material is placed into the empty socket, helping to fill in the space so that your jaw can more easily maintain its shape.
Guided Tissue and Bone Regeneration
Guided tissue and bone regeneration are procedures that are performed to stimulate the regeneration of new tissue to restore your oral health. This procedure involves the use of thin membranes, either resorbable or ones that need to be removed later. These membranes help stimulate and guide the growth of new tissue and prevent faster growing soft tissue from filling in spaces reserved for slower growing bone.
If your gums are affecting the appearance of your smile, you may benefit from periodontal plastic surgery. For more information, and to find out if periodontal plastic surgery is right for you, call Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry today at 508-441-4154.