Cosmetic Periodontics – Dallas, TX

Reshaping Your Smile

What comes to mind when you think of ways to improve your smile? You might consider whitening as a way to get rid of stains or veneers to cover unsightly chips or cracks. But sometimes, the problem isn’t with your teeth, but rather your gums. Sometimes reshaping the gum line can significantly improve your smile, and here at Central Perio, Dr. Tunnell offers a few different ways to make such changes. Call us today if you’re interested in a smile makeover that makes use of one of our options for cosmetic periodontics in Dallas, TX.

Man and woman with flawless smiles after cosmetic periodontics

Why Choose Central Perio for Cosmetic Periodontics?

  • State of the Art Periodontal Technology
  • Highly Trained, Experienced Periodontist
  • Focus on Minimally Invasive Treatments

Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery

Woman receiving cosmetic periodontal surgery

Cosmetic periodontal surgery can refer to a variety of treatments meant to improve the appearance of your smile in different ways. This can include esthetic crown lengthening to expose more of your natural teeth so that they don’t appear too short in comparison to the gums, or it may include gum grafting to cover up a tooth that looks overly long. We’ll go over all of your options for cosmetic surgery so that you understand what kind of changes we can make and what treatment may be best for you.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Closeup of flawless smile after periodontal plastic surgery

If you’re not sure how you could benefit from periodontal plastic surgery, take a look at your smile in the mirror. Does it seem like there’s an excessive amount of gum visible when you pull back your lips to show your teeth? Are the roots of your teeth exposed, making them look longer than they should? These issues can make you feel reluctant about showing off your grin, but we can correct them with periodontal plastic surgery.

Gum Grafting

Animated smile during gum grafting

A gum graft is a procedure where soft tissue is taken from another area in your oral cavity (typically the roof of your mouth) and placed on the teeth where gum tissue has been lost or is otherwise inadequate. This procedure is often done to protect tooth roots that have become exposed due to gum recession, but it can also be used as a cosmetic procedure to even out the gum line and make sure that the teeth appear to be proportional to the soft tissues in your mouth.

Esthetic Gingival Recontouring

Closeup of smile during esthetic gingival recontouring

Gingival recontouring (sometimes called gum recontouring) is the process of adjusting the shape and length of the gums. It’s often performed to correct a gummy smile that makes all of your teeth look particularly short. It may also be done on a specific area of your smile because one tooth appears to be lopsided compared to its neighbors. The goal is to give the gumline a more natural and even appearance so that it properly frames the teeth.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening 

Periodontist examining smile after esthetic crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is the process of removing gum tissue to expose the parts of the tooth that are currently covered up. While this is often done to make room for a crown or another type of restoration, it can also be done to adjust the visible length of a particular tooth. If one tooth looks shorter than its neighbors, it can draw unwanted attention; we encourage you to call our periodontal office so that we can look at the area that’s bothering you and determine if crown lengthening can help.

Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Therapy (SFOT)

Smiling woman with beautiful, straight teeth

Many people want to straighten their teeth, but they are a bit hesitant to commit to a years-long course of orthodontic treatment. Surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy may be an option for such individuals. It involves carefully modifying the jawbone in a way that can speed up tooth movements while you are using braces or clear aligners. It may reduce treatment time by 50% or more!

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