Are you one of those patients who has good overall dental health but is unhappy with the way your gums look? Gums that appear to cover too much of the teeth, have receded to reveal tooth roots, or have poor contours can affect both your oral health and self-esteem. The good news is that we have multiple surgical options available to treat these issues here at South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology, including crown lengthening and root coverage. One of our board-certified periodontists can discuss each of these with you and determine which option will best meet your needs during a cosmetic periodontics consultation in our Wantagh, NY office.
Feel your teeth are too short or your gums are uneven, leaving your smile less beautiful than you’d like it to be? These conditions are often referred to as a “gummy smile.” Even though your teeth appear short, they’re most likely an average length; it’s just hard to tell because of excess gum tissue. With crown lengthening, also known as gum lifting, we can reshape the gumline around a single tooth or your full gumline so that you can smile with full confidence. Crown lengthening is a highly effective cosmetic periodontics procedure that can also be used in cases where a tooth has decayed or broken near the gumline. By exposing more tooth structure, we can more easily shape the tooth to place a restoration like a dental crown. This allows you to save a tooth instead of losing it and having to replace it.
One of the major symptoms of periodontal disease is gum recession. This means that your gumline has moved away from its normal location and is exposing more tooth surface, in particular, the sensitive roots. When this happens, you’re likely to experience tooth sensitivity and tenderness in the gums. In addition to these uncomfortable symptoms, these defects also allow for plaque and tartar to more easily build up and put you at a higher risk for further deterioration and recession. The team here in our Wantagh, NY office will evaluate your condition carefully and can recommend a root coverage procedure, if indicated, to rebuild your receding gums. This is where we take tissue from your palate or from a donor source to cover the areas of recession. Also known as gum grafting, this procedure can give you that beautiful, more balanced smile you seek!
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