Cosmetic Dentistry: Periodontal Procedures for a Better Smile

Woman pointing to her perfect teeth and gums

If you’re looking to improve your smile, you’re not alone. Nearly 50% of Americans believe they would be more confident if they had a better smile. 

Periodontal disease is one reason why patients avoid any cosmetic dentistry. Otherwise known as gum disease, periodontal disease affects the gums, and though it’s preventable, sometimes it may be advanced and require surgery.

Thankfully, there are periodontal cosmetic procedures available today that aim to restore and revitalize your smile. Here are some procedures you may want to consider, which can be performed by a cosmetic dentist. 

1. Gingivectomy

Gingivectomy or gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure in which the dentist aims to create an even gum line. For some patients, their gum lines are uneven, causing teeth to appear too small or too long. Think of it as a gum reshaping that forms your gums to be proportionate to your teeth. 

During a gingivectomy, the dentist scales back your gums to reveal more of your teeth. Another reason why gingivectomies are beneficial is to reduce further damage from gum disease.

Gingivectomy is a surgery performed in the dentist’s office. Dr. Trujilo will review all aspects of the surgery with you before the procedures, so you feel comfortable and confident in understanding. 

2. Dental Implants

Another unfortunate event of gum disease is tooth loss. Sometimes gum disease is too advanced, and you lose a tooth or several teeth. 

Dental implants are one way to replace missing teeth and regain an esthetically pleasing smile. They are permanent crowns that sit on an implant that is embedded into your jawbone. Dental implants look and feel like normal teeth and fit seamlessly into your life. 

For some patients, if periodontal disease has destroyed some of the jawbones, the surgery may not be possible without other procedures. Dr. Trujilo will discuss your options with you. 

3. Gum Graft Surgery

Periodontal disease can cause your gums to recess or pull back from the tooth. Depending on the severity of the disease, the root may be exposed. 

When gum recession happens to the extent of root exposure, you may benefit from gum graft surgery. Gum grafting prevents further decay to your teeth. During this procedure, the dentist takes a small piece of your surrounding gum tissue or the roof of your mouth and attaches it to your receding gums. 

Again, depending on the severity of the case, you may need more than one gum graft.

4. Gum Whitening

Sometimes dark spots may appear on your gums. This could be due to periodontal disease, poor oral health, or smoking. 

Gum whitening or gum bleaching is a cosmetic procedure that corrects those spots and gives you a brighter smile. This type of procedure is also done in the dentist’s office and does not take long. 

However, for patients with periodontal disease, the disease will need to be addressed first, before gum whitening. 

5. Pinhole Surgical Technique

The pinhole surgical technique or PST is a newer technique similar to gum grafting without being as invasive. It has practical applications to help protect the teeth and cosmetic benefits.

During the PST, the dentist makes a “pinhole” above the infected gum area. Then using a small instrument, encourages the gums to draw downward, covering the affected area. 

There are many benefits of PST, such as less invasive, quick recovery time, no scalpels or grafts, and you see the results immediately. Talk to Dr. Trujilo today about if you’re a candidate for PST. 

Signs of Periodontal Disease

A healthy mouth is directly linked to a healthy body. Once bacteria are allowed to enter the bloodstream through the gumline, many other physical problems may occur.

Here are some signs of periodontal disease:

If you spot any of these signs of periodontal disease, contact our team today so we can help!

Preventing Periodontal Disease

The above are cosmetic dentistry procedures in line with periodontistry. They are solutions in which you can improve the look, feel, and health of your smile in the wake of periodontal disease. 

Ideally, you want to do everything possible to prevent periodontal disease, so you can avoid procedures if necessary. 

Here are some ways you can take action today and boost your oral health. 

Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing are key to preventing periodontal disease and having a beautiful smile. Plaque build-up produces tartar which eats away at the gum line. Brushing twice a day, or after every meal, and flossing once a day will prevent tartar build-up and encourage healthy teeth. 

Regular Dental Check-Ups

While brushing and flossing and vital, seeing a dentist for check-ups is also an important component of your oral health routine. Twice a year, a dentist will look over your mouth, inspect for signs of tooth decay or disease, and perform a deep dental cleaning.

When problems like periodontal disease are caught early on, you have a better chance of recovering and saving your teeth. 

Family History

For those with a family history of periodontal disease, you’ll need to ensure that you take extra precautions to protect your teeth. This means maintaining a healthy oral routine and regular check-ups and also familiarizing yourself with your family history. 

People with certain health conditions like diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal disease, so being aware of your health conditions goes a long way. 

Cut Out Smoking

Smoking drastically increases your chances of developing periodontal disease. If you’re a smoker, consider ways to quit to health your teeth and improve your smile. 

Periodontal Cosmetic Procedures for You

These periodontal cosmetic procedures may be helpful for those with periodontal disease and who wish to restore their smile. By discussing with your dentist which procedure may be right for you, you’re taking the next steps to a healthier smile.

Do you wish to speak with our cosmetic dentist Dr. Trujilo today about periodontal disease? Our team can help! Contact us today to request your appointment. 

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