Many of the procedures involving the gum and bone can be considered plastic surgery. Perio plastic surgery can improve many different situations such as:
Gummy smiles – when an abnormal amount of gum tissue shows when someone smiles. This is usually corrected with crown lengthening.
Uneven gum tissue height – this is usually corrected with crown lengthening.
Missing teeth – this can be corrected with fixed bridges or with implants.
Defects in the bone – when tooth loss occurs there is typically a loss of the bone that surrounded the lost tooth. The resulting defect can be treated to return the bone to its previous state. This treatment is known as ridge augmentation.
Combination therapy – when just the periodontal procedures are insufficient, restorative procedures are needed to obtain the proper alignment, shape, and color of the teeth.
Please see the Periodontal Gallery for the types of results that can be accomplished with periodontal plastic surgery.
Our periodontal gallery contains images of the types of cases that might necessitate periodontal treatment. The purpose of this gallery is to display the types of results that can be achieved through periodontal surgery.
This patient was unhappy with her gummy smile. The gum tissues covered up too much of the teeth, making the teeth look too short. A crown lengthening procedure was performed, which evened the height of the gum tissue across the front teeth. The result was dramatic and the patient was quite pleased. The yellow arrow at left, above, is pointing to an area where this patient has suffered some bone loss. The dark area indicates that the bone is not as dense and without treatment the prognosis for this tooth would be poor. A bone graft procedure was performed and the yellow arrow above is pointing to the regenerated bone. This area is much denser with bone than the same area in the image to the left. The prognosis for this tooth is now excellent.