Published: 2016-06-20

Your periodontist is much like a plastic surgeon of dentistry. While periodontists do important work combating gum disease, the end result frequently results in an improved smile. Below you’ll find a list of the most common procedures for cosmetic dentistry in Westerly, RI.

Defects Relating to Gum and Ridge Shrinkage

When gum disease leads to tooth loss, patients frequently notice indentations on the jaw or gums. Without a tooth to support, the jawbone naturally erodes, which can cause other dental issues. Using ridge augmentation, the indentations are filled to match the bone and gums. Afterwards, an implant tooth may be placed.

Exposed Roots and Long Teeth

As gum recession advances, the roots of your teeth are exposed giving your teeth a longer appearance. Grafts and certain laser procedures can mitigate the effect on your teeth and give you a younger smile.

Gummy Smile and Uneven Gums

On the other end of the spectrum, teeth can appear short, giving you a gummy smile. In some cases, the gum lays unevenly so your teeth lack a uniform look. Crown lengthening is usually the solution in this case, where excess gum is removed to reveal more of your natural teeth. After the procedure, you’ll notice a fuller smile.

The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

In a poll from the Academy of Periodontology, half of the participants said an individual’s smile is the first facial feature they register. However, even that telling statistic doesn’t account for the good a cosmetic dentistry procedure does for your oral health all around:

  • Improved Aesthetics: Some cosmetic procedures focus on fixing specific issues related to gum disease, but all lead to a beautiful and balanced smile.
  • Long-Term Health: Missing or exposed teeth can be especially negative for preserving your gum and jawbone, but many procedures serve to restore these support systems.

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