There are several reasons why patients in Coral Springs, FL, may need gum and jawbone corrective treatments. Designer Smiles FL is proud to offer these treatments to address a number of concerns that patients may have, whether they are cosmetic or related to their oral health.
Why are Gum & Jawbone Corrective Treatments Needed?
Your dentist at Designer Smiles FL may recommend corrective treatment for the gums or jawbone to address issues such as periodontal disease, trauma to the mouth or face, or birth defects.
Common Gum Treatments
Periodontal disease affects not only the health of the gums and mouth overall but can also affect the appearance of the gums and teeth, making it more unattractive. Gum treatments in Coral Springs help to improve oral health and can also be used to improve the appearance of a smile.
- Gum grafts: Periodontal disease often causes gum recession, which can result in a “toothy” smile. A gum graft places a thin piece of tissue (taken from another area of the body or from a donor) onto the areas of recession.
- Pocket reduction surgery: Another potential effect of periodontal disease is brown gums and ridge indentations. Pocket reduction surgery is a method of cleaning out the root surfaces of the teeth to restore health to the gums and improve their appearance.
- Crown lengthening: While gum recession causes a “toothy” smile, where the tooth looks too long, other patients may have a “gummy” smile, where it appears that not enough of their tooth surface is exposed. A crown lengthening procedure, also known as a gum lift, removes excess gum tissue and reshapes the gums to expose more of the natural tooth length and produce a more attractive smile.
Common Jawbone Treatments
- Sinus augmentation: This treatment is usually performed as part of the procedure for dental implants. Because dental implants require a stable foundation, sinus augmentation may be recommended to elevate the sinus floor and allow new bone to form to create a stronger area for the implants to fuse into.
- Ridge modification: Deformities in the jawbone can be the result of periodontal disease, trauma, or birth defects. The ridge modification procedure involves pulling the gum away from the bone to expose the defect, then filling the defect with a special material before the area is closed.
- Bone grafts: Bone grafts can be used to build up the jawbone in preparation of placing dental implants, to help elevate the sinus floor, or to fill craters or deformities in the jawbone.