In a recent poll by the American Academy of Periodontology, 80 percent of those polled were not happy with their smile. Fortunately, many procedures now exist that can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed about.
If you’re not happy with the appearance of your smile, Dr. Altschuler can suggest a number of options to correct the aesthetics of your teeth and gums. Cosmetic surgery has long been a popular option and periodontal cosmetic surgery is now an additional and attractive choice.
For patients with teeth that look too short or have a “gummy smile,” crown lengthening might be your solution. Excess gum tissue is removed, exposing more of the tooth. The gum line is then evenly sculpted to develop your new, broad smile.
Another problem patients want to repair is gum recession, which causes the tooth root to be exposed. Periodontal disease is one cause for receding gums, which make your teeth look long. Left untreated, your exposed roots are prone to bacteria and at risk for developing cavities. Root coverage procedures, including soft tissue grafts, are performed to cover the exposed tooth roots to protect them from decay and further recession.
Other popular cosmetic procedures include dental implants to restore missing teeth and ridge augmentation to repair indentations in the jawbone and gums.
Ask Dr. Altschuler today about the different cosmetic procedures that we can offer you.