Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

If you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth, this condition can be greatly improved by a combination of a periodontal procedure by Dr. Lawrence Goettisheim and cosmetic dentistry by your restorative dentist.

Crown Lengthening - before illustration

Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. We can correct this by performing cosmetic crown lengthening.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is 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 periodontal procedure is Gum Grafting.

Gum grafting 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, giving a general appearance of aging. 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 with surrounding teeth.

Crown Lengthening - after illustration

Bone grafting following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more esthetic tooth replacement for either an implant or a fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.