When you think of plastic surgeons, you think of professionals who specialize in enhancing body parts. But did you know that there are dental professionals who are also considered plastic surgeons? They’re known as periodontists, and they focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the mouth and gums.
At the offices of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, our team of highly-skilled professionals includes periodontic specialists who are committed to restoring and maintaining gum health — and maximize the appearance of your smile!
Gummy Smile or Uneven Gum Line
Do you feel your teeth look too short and your smile is too gummy or your gums cover too much of some teeth? If so, dental crown lengthening might be right for you. During this procedure, excess gum tissue is removed to expose more of the crown of the tooth. Then your gumline is sculpted to give your new smile just the right look.
Long Teeth/Exposed Roots
Sometimes gum recession causes the tooth root to become exposed, which can cause tooth sensitivity. This recession can happen as a result of a variety of causes, including periodontal diseases. Gum graft surgery is designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce further gum recession and to protect vulnerable roots from decay.
Indentations in the Gums and Jawbone
Tooth loss can cause an indentation in the gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be, causing the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth. We can correct this defect to recapture the natural contour of the gums and jaw. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy to clean and beautiful.
Committed to oral health
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate dental care. For more information on our periodontal as well as the other dental services we provide, give us a call today.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
October 23, 2019
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