A beautiful smile is one of the first things people notice. If you are not happy with your smile, here are some examples of common concerns that Dr. Weinstein addresses through periodontal plastic procedures:
Crooked, Uneven or Gummy Smile
Gingival sculpting procedures address teeth that appear to be uneven or small by recontouring and reshaping the upper gum structures. Dr. Weinstein gives his patients a more symmetrical, pleasing smile. Many times patients are referred to Dr. Weinstein for this therapy prior to proceeding with veneers.
This procedure involves reducing the appearance of a "Gummy Smile" . This procedure involves lowering the smileline, thereby showing less gum tissue when you smile. Dr. Weinstein would carefully evaluate your smile and advise you if you are a candidate for the procedure.
Gum recession can be caused by gum disease, vigorous brushing, grinding or clenching, or simply age and genetics. Regardless of the cause, as gums recede they expose the roots of the tooth, creating the appearance of longer teeth. Exposed roots also increase vulnerability to root decay, bone loss, and sensitivity to hot and cold liquids and foods. The solution to this situation is a soft-tissue graft, also known as a gum graft. A soft-tissue graft protects your roots from decay and helps prevent additional gum recession.
Implants are the most popular and effective way of replacing tooth loss due to trauma or gum disease. Dental implants look and function like natural teeth and are more stable than alternative tooth replacement options. This is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Weinstein.
When a tooth falls out or is removed, an indentation can appear in the gums and jawbone just above the spot where the tooth used to be. This occurs because the jawbone slowly atrophies or disappears in response to the empty space. In combination with replacing your missing tooth, we can provide ridge augmentation, a procedure in which we smooth out the indentation to recreate the original curvature of your gums and jaw. This procedure generally includes bone grafting to restore the missing bone, and in some cases must be performed prior to the placement of implants to ensure that sufficient bone is available to securely retain the implant.
Often following orthodontic tooth movement periodontal plastic surgery procedures are required to correct subtle smile issues.
Periodontal plastic procedures are frequently required to lay the foundation for further cosmetic enhancements by your general dentist or orthodontist. Feel free to ask Dr. Weinstein and his team for further information.