Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

Cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. If you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Dr. Akimoto, Dr. Lwo and Dr. Zhu and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.

We can correct this by performing the periodontal plastic surgery procedure, crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and possibly bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even your gum line, and to create a beautiful smile.

Another cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue graft. It 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. The original look of your mouth may not be recaptured because of spaces remaining under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long compared to nearby teeth.

Bone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. This results in less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement with either an implant crown or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.

Please refer to the Treatment Methods section of our website for an in-depth description about crown lengthening, gum grafting, and bone grafting.