Oral Plastic Surgery
If you are unhappy with the appearance of short unsightly teeth this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal and cosmetic dentistry procedures by Dr. James. Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length. The teeth may be covered with too much gum tissue. We correct this by performing periodontal plastic surgery procedures or crown lengthening.
During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This is accomplished, to balance the gum line, and to establish proper tooth symmetry creating a beautiful smile.
Cosmetic surgery also includes procedures designed to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. Gingival graft procedures cover unattractive tooth roots, reduce gum recession, and protect the roots from decay and eventual loss.
Bone grafting immediately following tooth loss can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse. There is less shrinkage and a more aesthetic tooth replacement for either an implant crown or a fixed bridge.
Oral Plastic Surgery Rebuilds Gums
Dr. Leon D James can perform periodontal plastic surgical procedures to replace the missing gum tissue with grafting procedures. In the past, this procedure required that a piece of tissue be harvested from the roof of your mouth to serve as the graft material. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough tissue available or wants to have tissue taken from this sensitive area.
Dr. James uses a product called Alloderm for his grafting. Alloderm is a safe and effective product widely used in medicine and dentistry. Alloderm provides the missing components needed to restore health to damaged or receding tissue. It leads to fast healing and delivers great cosmetic results.
Dr. James will provide you with more information and help you decide if oral plastic surgery is the most appropriate method to achieve your goals.