Aesthetic Periodontal Therapy
Your smile speaks volumes, without the need to ever utter a word. A bright, beautiful, confident smile goes a long way in leaving a lasting impression with those you meet. Any imperfections, however, can leave the wrong impression. There are several components that go into a beautiful smile. The teeth are the component that most people tend to focus on. But even those with perfectly straight, white, blemish-free teeth can still have an imperfect smile. This is because the gums, and even the jawbone, play critical roles as well. When faced with issues like periodontal disease, the health and the appearance of these areas suffer. At Oregon Periodontics, P.C., we can help to restore the appearance of your smile following periodontal disease with aesthetic periodontal therapy.
Gum recession is a common issue associated with periodontal disease. When oral bacteria attack your gums, the resulting irritation leads to inflammation. The gums begin to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets. The tissue dies in the process. Oral bacteria fall into these pockets and continue attacking the tissue from the inside. The pockets grow deeper, and the tissue continues to pull away. The result is a receding gumline, which leads to the appearance of long teeth and painful tooth sensitivity. Gum grafts are designed to restore your natural gumline. Using microsurgery, we take tissue from under the palate and suture it into place over the areas of recession. The tissues grow together, forming a tight, natural looking seal around the necks of your teeth.
Oral bacteria that fall below the gumline attack more than just the gums. They also attack the jawbone, causing it to grow weak. Over time, the bone begins to change shape. This can lead to misalignment and other issues. Bone loss also occurs when teeth are lost. When the jawbone is too weak, it cannot support dental implants, one of the most preferred methods of tooth replacement. Placing an implant in a weak jaw often leads to implant failure. A ridge augmentation is designed to restore strength, and shape, to your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy while restoring your appearance. In cases of tooth loss, a ridge augmentation also helps to make implants possible.
Too little gum tissue is not the only gum issue that affects the quality of your smile. Having too much gum tissue can have just as much a negative impression. Excess gum tissue causes your otherwise straight, white teeth to appear too small for your mouth. This extra tissue can also increase your risk of developing periodontal disease.
If you have excess gum tissue, a crown lengthening can help. With this procedure, we remove the excess tissue, restoring a more natural, even gumline. Along with giving you a beautiful smile, removing the excess tissue from your gums can also help to lower your risk for gum disease by eliminating potential hiding places for oral bacteria as well as making your gums easier to keep clean.
Aesthetic periodontal therapy can help to restore your beautiful smile and give you back your confidence. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Oregon Periodontics, P.C. today at (503) 575-7750.