Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry
Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offers several restorative and cosmetic treatments for patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their gums and teeth. By making simple changes to the gumline, patients can appear more youthful and feel more confident in their smiles.
As a periodontist and implant specialist, Dr. Gordon regularly works with patients to resolve esthetic concerns around teeth and implants. Just like a theatre stage, the gums frame the view. If there is asymmetry in the gums, the teeth will never look their best.
Crown lengthening is often needed in order to allow for restorative dentistry treatments, but it can also be used as a cosmetic treatment to correct a “gummy smile,” or a smile in which the teeth appear short and the gums are more visible than they should be. Sometimes this is genetic, but other times it can be the result of orthodontic therapy, which can cause gum overgrowth. This treatment can also be used if there’s asymmetry in the gums.
Gum Recession Treatment
When gums recede around teeth and implants, it can make the teeth appear long and unsightly, and cause the dark metal edges around crowns to be exposed. The phrase “long in the tooth” refers to the way gums recede as we age, thus correcting this issue can shave years off of the appearance of your smile. Patients who brush or floss too hard, as well as patients who have had orthodontic therapy, may also have receding gums. Dr. Gordon offers the innovative Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique to treat gum recession, as well as the more traditional gum grafting procedure.
Dr. Gordon has treated hundreds of patients for these types of issues with significant esthetic improvement. These treatments can be life-changing, boosting patients’ self-esteem and giving them the ability to smile confidently.
Dental implants are the best solution for simulating the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. They also help maintain your bone structure, provide the ability to chew healthy food, and give patients the confidence to smile proudly. With dental implants, existing teeth are protected as well by providing additional support and prevent tooth shifting.
With ridge preservation, a bone-fill material is placed into empty tooth sockets to help maintain or rebuild the bone.
This procedure is used to regenerate lost bone around existing teeth, or in an area where teeth have been extracted.