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What We Do › Enhancing Appearance

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People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than non-diabetics, probably because diabetics are more prone to infections. Recent research suggests that having periodontal disease may also make it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugar. This puts diabetics at increased risk for serious diabetic complications.

A pleasing smile includes not only beautiful white teeth but also pink, healthy gums joining them together. In addition to performing procedures to treat periodontal disease we also perform procedures on the gum and supporting bone to improve the esthetics or appearance of your gum line or to lay the groundwork for restorative or cosmetic dental treatment. These procedures include the following:

Functional Crown Lengthening

This procedure is done to expose more natural tooth structure so a tooth can be properly restored. This is often the case for teeth that have decayed or broken below the gum line. During this procedure the gum and bone is reshaped to expose more natural tooth structure. It may be done to one tooth or several teeth.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

This procedure is done to correct a "gummy" smile or to even the gum line. It may be done to one tooth or several teeth.

Soft Tissue Grafts

Grafts can be placed to cover root surfaces to restore a more youthful appearance.

Ridge Augmentation

Sometimes when you lose one or more teeth, you can get an indention in your gums and jawbone where the tooth root used to be. This happens because the jawbone resorbs (recedes) when it is no longer holding a tooth root in place. Not only is this indentation unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth. A ridge augmentation procedure fills in this defect and restores a more natural appearance to the gums and jaw. A replacement tooth (bridge) or dental implant can then placed that is more natural and esthetic.