Many periodontal procedures are now available to give you the healthy smile you've always wanted. Our team is proud to share the hard work and determination required to make your smile special. Our gratification comes from the smiling results of our patients. Take a look at some results that we have created with today's periodontal technology. Please check back often as we continually update our patient gallery. If you are having a periodontal problem and would like similar results, please call our office.
Connective Tissue Graft
This illustrates recession advancing past the patients gum line. If left untreated, this tooth would eventually be lost. A connective tissue graft increases the amount of gum to strengthen the tooth.
The smile revealed a longer canine on the left side. A connective tissue graft is able to cover the root so that the gum margins are symmetrical.
A patient who had a recession on two teeth underwent a cosmetic tissue graft in order to cover up the exposed root. Covering the root decreases the chances of tooth sensitivity and susceptibility to cavities.
Free Gingival Graft
A free gingival graft was used in order to replace the lip tissue attaching to the tooth to a more healthier and stronger gum tissue.
Patients are sometimes born with thin gum tissue that can recede during normal brushing habits. A free gingival graft is used to thicken the gum tissue over the tooth preventing further recession.
Orthodontic treatment can create unevenness of the gum levels on individual teeth. A simple procedure, which usually requires no stitches, can be performed to even the gum levels. This procedure is usually performed before braces are removed so that the orthodontist can do the final tooth movement to create the perfect smile.
Sometimes after orthodontic treatment (braces), gums can take on another shape. Recontouring your gums to an ideal architecture can provide the "finishing touch" necessary in order to restore your natural smile.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Patients with a "gummy smile" can undergo esthetic crown lengthening which increases the length of the teeth. This will give the final restoration (veneers or crowns) the proper proportion to obtain an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dental Implant for One Tooth
This is a Dental Implant replacing an upper left front tooth. Notice how the gums are uniform on both the natural and implant tooth. This is important in order to make the implant tooth look natural.
A dental implant was used to replace the patients upper left canine. Because the tooth became missing early in life, it became imperative to maintain the patients bone. By placing a dental implant instead of a bridge, bone can adhere to the implant, preventing the bone from shrinking.
This illustrates the sequence of a dental implant being utilized to replace a missing tooth. The first step is to place the implant in an optimal position. Next, the general dentist will attach the abutment (the metal post the crown is cemented to). Finally, your crown will be cemented in place. With the dental implant being placed in the optimal position, the tooth will look natural.
This implant is replacing a back tooth. It is important to fill in a missing tooth so that the adjacent teeth do not begin to shift. By using a single implant, the adjacent teeth were left in their natural state as your dentist did not have to grind down the teeth to accommodate a dental bridge.
Dental Implants for Multiple Teeth
Three implants were placed to replace missing teeth in the upper left area. These implants provide function as well as esthetics. This allowed the patient to avoid a removable partial denture.
Dental Implants to support Removable Dentures
Implants can also be used to give retention to an upper denture. Implants can assist in preserving bone throughout your life by preventing the bone from shrinking over time.
Lower dentures are usually loose and are difficult to adjust to. Implants can provide your denture with "anchors" to attach to, providing both retention and stability.