When people think about a plastic surgeon, scar reductions, facelifts and tummy tucks quickly come to their minds. But did you know that some dental specialists also perform plastic surgery? They’re called periodontists, and they focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mouth and gum diseases.
At the offices of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, our team of highly skilled professionals includes periodontists. From the front desk to follow-up, our patients are our primary concern. We know that confidence about your smile can affect the way you feel about yourself, personally, socially and professionally.
Here are some conditions a periodontist can improve or rectify.
A Gummy Smile or an Uneven Gum Line
Are you self-conscious about your teeth because you think they look too short or because you believe your smile shows too much of your gums? If so, then crown lengthening might be right for you. It involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the bottom of the tooth. Your gum line is then shaped to give your smile the perfect look.
Long Teeth/Exposed Roots
Receding gums can lead to the exposure of the pink tissue that covers the roots of the teeth, which frequently makes the tooth sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. Gum recession becomes a health issue when the roots of the teeth become exposed and leave the teeth at risk of decay, infection and loss. Gum graft surgery covers exposed roots, which reduces further recession and protects vulnerable roots from decay.
Indentations in the Gums and Jawbone
The loss of a tooth often brings about depressions in the gum and jawbone where the tooth once was, which can result in the replacement tooth’s looking too long compared to the other teeth. Periodontists can correct this imperfection to recapture the natural contour of the gums and jaw.
Everyone here at the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd is committed to each patient’s oral health and appreciates that every patient is unique. We present all of your available options and deliver the results you expect. For more information about oral plastic surgery and our many other services, please contact us today!
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
June 21, 2021
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