Sometimes, a patient's teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. This can give the impression of the teeth being too short, even thought they are the proper length. This is often referred to as a 'gummy smile'. We can correct this by performing periodontal plastic surgery.
With this oral surgery 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 looking smile.
Another cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue gum graft. The gum grafting procedure is used to cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession and protect the roots from decay and eventual tooth loss.
Tooth loss causes the jawbone to recede and can lead to an unnatural looking indentation in your gums and jaw. 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 dental implant crown or fixed bridge around the replacement teeth.