When you think of the phrase “plastic surgery,” what probably first comes to mind is the cosmetic side of the field—procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks and facelifts to name a few. But plastic surgery can relate to regeneration and reconstruction of the gum and jawbone tissue. Periodontists are the plastic surgeons of the mouth, performing a variety of procedures to help repair oral imperfections or defects. With today’s latest techniques we not only restore smiles, we control and often can prevent periodontal (gum) disease.
Think Your Teeth are Too Short?
It’s doubtful your teeth are actually shorter than average. Instead, you probably have what’s known as a gummy smile or excessive gingival display, meaning you have more gum tissue showing than you’d like. At the South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we reshape gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural teeth. With common procedures like esthetic crown lengthening and lip repositioning, we can provide more even gum lines and beautiful new smiles.
Do You Have Gum Recession?
Oral plastic surgery procedures like soft tissue/gingival gum grafting allow us to cover unattractive and sometimes sensitive tooth roots. As a result, patients look and feel better. The root coverage procedures can also help prevent decay and regenerate lost bone support. Most people think that gum grafting means taking some tissue from the palate to correct more visible problems. We have many options and techniques to avoid this uncomfortable and undesirable procedure, often with superior results. Just ask us!
Making Dental Implants More Stable
Bone loss after tooth extraction can result in reduction of the supportive gum and bone tissue needed to support long-lasting dental implants. With procedures like ridge augmentation, we help rebuild the jawbone so it can support future dental implants, using biotech-created synthetic bone material or your own tissue to replace lost structure damaged by trauma, tooth loss or gum disease.
Now’s the Time to Enhance the Health and Appearance of Your Smile
The board-certified periodontists at South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry are experts at oral plastic surgery, gum disease treatments and dental implant placement. If you want more information on how we can help improve the appearance and health of your smile, why not make an appointment? We don’t need a referral from your regular dentist.