Cosmetic Periodontics for a Toothy Smile
Soft Tissue Grafting for the Perfect Smile
Gum recession can expose tooth roots and show more of your teeth than normal. Longer looking teeth and exposed tooth roots give an "old" appearance to your smile. Some people cover their mouths when they smile for this very reason.
Normally gum tissue surrounds and protects the delicate roots of your teeth. Exposed tooth roots are prone to tooth decay, root canals, discoloration and actual jawbone loss. All of this can lead to tooth loss in advanced cases.
A periodontal procedure called Soft Tissue Grafting can add a new youthful appearance to your smile. In your initial consultation, your periodontist will explain what can be achieved in your particular case.
Who is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Many periodontists have also taken advanced training in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. Periodontics is one of the eight specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.