Consider cosmetic periodontal surgery if you’re unhappy with the color, condition, or general appearance of your gums. At the office of Dr. James Jacobs & Dr. Tara Bogart, in Midtown West, Manhattan, the caring periodontists offer several types of cosmetic periodontal surgery including cosmetic crown lengthening, cosmetic ridge augmentation, and connective tissue grafting. To schedule your appointment at the New York City-based practice, call the office or book online today.
Cosmetic periodontal surgery refers to a group of procedures designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of your gums. These treatments provide a safe and effective way to minimize visible tooth roots or exposed root surfaces. They also lower your risk of gum disease and, in turn, gum recession.
If you regularly find yourself covering your mouth as a result of a “gummy” smile, or you have a history of gum disease, cosmetic periodontal surgery can address these issues, helping you achieve confidence and improved oral health.
Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Bogart offer several types of cosmetic periodontal surgery, including:
If you have shorter-than-average teeth or excess gum tissue, your periodontist might recommend cosmetic crown lengthening During this type of procedure, Dr. Jacobs or Dr. Bogart carefully removes a small portion of your gum tissue, and in some cases, the bone around the tops of your teeth to make them appear longer. Cosmetic crown lengthening occurs under local anesthesia, ensuring you feel no pain.
You might benefit from a cosmetic ridge augmentation if you’re missing bone tissue or gum tissue as a result of gum disease, an extraction, or missing teeth. During this type of cosmetic periodontal surgery, Dr. Jacobs or Dr. Bogart carefully places a piece of soft tissue from the roof of your mouth––and/or a small piece of bone material––into a damaged or receding part of your jaw. Once placed, the bone or tissue graft encourages new, healthy tissue, restoring your gum line to a more aesthetically pleasing condition.
A connective tissue grafting procedure works to cover and protect exposed tooth roots. During this type of surgery, Dr. Jacobs or Dr. Bogart takes a flap of tissue from the roof of your mouth and stitches it over the gums near an exposed tooth root. Over time, your gums and the tissue flap fuse together, restoring your gums to a healthier condition.
Laser Depigmentation, also called Laser Gum Bleaching, removes dark brown or black discolorations from your gums. After your gums are numbed with a local anesthetic, the laser gently removes the dark pigmented areas of your gum tissue, leaving healthy pink tissue. There is little bleeding or discomfort.
To determine the type of cosmetic periodontal surgery that’s right for you, schedule an appointment at the office of Dr. James Jacobs & Dr. Tara Bogart. Following an oral exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Jacobs or Dr. Bogart will develop a custom care plan to align with your individual needs.
After surgery, follow Dr. Jacobs or Dr. Bogart's recovery instructions carefully to speed up the healing process.
Don’t wait to schedule your cosmetic periodontal consultation at the office of Dr. James Jacobs & Dr. Tara Bogart. Call the office or book an appointment online today.