Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

Cosmetic periodontal surgery is a type of treatment used to maintain or improve esthetics while preserving or restoring function.

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, Dr. Noraian can improve this with a combination of periodontal procedures with the help of cosmetic dentistry. This concept is particularly important to understand as surgical intervention may not be the only method to help you achieve your picture of health. Many times there are combination solutions between the surgical expertise of Dr. Noraian and the prosthetic expertise of your restorative dentist. Even other specialists may be involved such as an orthodontist.

Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may have too much gum tissue covering them. Dr. Noraian can correct this by performing a periodontal plastic surgery procedure, called crown lengthening.  During this procedure, he will reshape the excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of the natural tooth. He can do this to more than one tooth, and even to your gum line, to create a beautiful smile.

Another cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue graft. Dr. Noraian uses this procedure to cover unattractive tooth roots, to reduce gum recession, and to 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, and appearance of a general aged look of teeth. 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. There is less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement for an implant, crown or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.

For more information about gum grafting, and bone grafting, please refer to the treatment section of the website, and click on each individual procedure for an in-depth description.