Perfect Your Smile with Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

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A shocking 42.7% of US adults over the age of 30 are suffering from some form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that can wreak havoc on the appearance and function of your smile. Severe cases can cause bone loss, receding gums, and can even lead to loss of teeth. 

For these reasons, there are a variety of cosmetic periodontal surgeries available to restore the original appearance of your smiles.

What Is Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery?

While many cosmetic periodontal procedures are needed as a result of underlying periodontal disease or injury to the mouth, some periodontal surgeries are simply for aesthetic reasons. This is because these surgeries can enhance the beauty of your teeth, gums, and overall smile.

“Whatever the case may be, periodontal cosmetic procedures will help clients feel more comfortable and confident in their smile.”

4 Common Types of Periodontal Cosmetic Procedures

Here are four common periodontal cosmetic procedures available for transforming the look and feel of your smile.

1: Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the most popular types of artificial tooth replacement. They do a great job at mimicking both the function and appearance of missing teeth. Even better, they offer a much longer-lasting solution than a bridge or dentures, as they have a 90 to 95% success rate 10 years after the implant was inserted.

In this surgical procedure, an artificial tooth root is adhered to the jawbone. After the post properly fuses with the jawbone, it is then topped with an artificial tooth. In some cases, dental bone graft procedures are needed to support the implants. The recovery process can take months since it takes a significant amount of time for the implant to fuse properly into the jawbone. 

If you don’t have enough jawbone to sustain a traditional dental implant, no worries! Here are two popular alternatives to traditional dental implants: 

  • All-On-Four Dental Implants: An All-On-Four dental implant procedure is a lot less invasive and expensive than traditional dental implants. In this procedure, the periodontist permanently replaces an entire upper or lower set of teeth in one surgery.
  • Mini Dental Implants: Mini dental implants use only a one-piece screw and they’re designed so that dentures can be snapped into place. Unlike traditional dental implants, mini implants are smaller, don’t use abutments, and require less healing. 

2:  Ridge Augmentation

After losing a tooth from gum disease or tooth extraction, it is all too common for the jaw to lose bone and dip in the area of the missing tooth. A ridge augmentation is a great procedure for restoring the original contours and appearance of the jawbone and gums in the area of the missing tooth. In this surgery, both a bone graft and gum graft are used to smooth out the gum line. Recovery time is a few months.

3: Pocket Depth Reduction

In more severe cases of periodontal disease, pockets filled with bacteria can form around your teeth underneath the gum line. A pocket depth reduction surgery is a periodontal procedure that clears out this excess bacteria to prevent the infection from spreading further and leading to new or worsening jawbone loss. 

In a pocket depth reduction surgery, periodontists will pull the gums from your teeth to have more space to clear away the bacteria and tartar buildup. They will then stitch up the gums and allow them to heal free from bacteria. The recovery process of this procedure is just a few days’ time.

4: Crown Lengthening

If you aren’t happy with the state of your gum line, crown lengthening might be just the procedure for you. Whether you’re struggling with an uneven gum line or perhaps have a “gummy” smile in which the teeth appear small in comparison to the gum, a crown lengthening procedure shaves down and reshapes the gum tissue to expose more of the tooth surface. While the initial discomfort only lasts a few days, the entire crown lengthening healing can span 3 to 6 months.

5: Root Coverage

Periodontal disease causes the gums to recede, in turn exposing tooth roots and contributing to sensitivities to hot or cold food and drink. To help mitigate these damages, a root coverage procedure makes an incision near the receding gum site and places gum grafts to recover the area. This procedure is commonly used with AlloDerm gum grafts and takes a couple of weeks to heal on average.

Achieve the Smile Of Your Dreams with Central Texas Periodontics

If you’re ready to achieve the smile of your dreams, it might just be the perfect time to consult a trusted periodontist at Central Texas Periodontics. Since 2006, our family-owned operation has helped thousands of patients improve their oral health and restore their smile appearance.

To learn more about our wide range of cosmetic periodontal surgery options, give us a call today!