Dental Cosmetic Dentistry consists of services and procedures that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, and/or bite. Giving them a healthy mouth and beautiful smile!
Dental Cosmetic Dentistry involves procedures to esthetically enhance the health and appearance of the mouth. Most commonly achieved through surgical improvements to the smile, and the use of orthodontics to straighten or realign the teeth.
Changing the appearance of your gums can cosmetically enhance your smile and give you renewed confidence. This is often done in conjunction with crowns and veneers that are carried out by your restorative dentist.
Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you’re not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but the exposed tooth roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.
Surgical Smile Improvement
Gum grafting is a procedure that is used to increase the amount of gum around teeth or implants. This includes areas where gums are receding, or when gum is deficient because of the loss of a tooth. Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment your periodontist can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled gum graft surgery will repair the defect, and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss. This is a surgical procedure performed by specialists, but is all part of dental cosmetic dentistry.
Gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue (gingiva) by surgery. Gingivoplasty is a type of gum surgery used to reshape healthy gum tissue around teeth used to remove overgrown gum tissue and improve the appearance of gums. Gum tissue may need to be removed because gaps (pockets) have formed between the teeth and gums. This can trap bits of food, harbor colonies of bacteria, and make it difficult to keep the area clean. There is too much gum tissue around the teeth. Some people don’t like how this looks and want to have it removed. It also can make teeth and gums hard to keep clean.
Gingivoplasty often is done simply to make gums look better. They may have an unusual shape or may not be formed normally. The causes can include a person’s genes, disease or trauma. Gingivoplasty reshapes the gums to make them look more natural. It often is done alone, but can be done during or after a gingivectomy. Gingivoplasty also can be done along with a gum graft.
You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Adults represent twenty percent of all orthodontic patients, and the reasons are inherent in the beautiful smile that results from this procedure.