Periodontal therapy is the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. There are many different types of periodontal therapies that are used for different degrees of periodontal disease. While the primary objective of periodontal therapy or treatment is done for oral health purposes, Chatham esthetic periodontal therapy improves esthetics as well. In order to obtain a beautiful smile, the gums must be healthy.
Gum graft surgery and dental crown lengthening are two of several periodontal therapies that offer esthetic benefits. Gum graft surgery is an example of a Chatham esthetic periodontal therapy. When there is excessive gingival recession, gum grafts are used to cover gum roots or to develop gum tissue where it’s missing. It can be done for one tooth or several teeth, depending on the situation. The procedure can be done to even the gum line and to reduce sensitivity. The gum graft not only improves function but also improves esthetics. The patient benefits from improvements in function such as eating and speaking while benefiting esthetically by obtaining a beautiful smile. A dental crown lengthening procedure is another periodontal treatment that improves esthetics. When the teeth are covered too much by gum tissue, they can appear too short. The dental crown lengthening procedure is done to correct this. During the procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose the natural tooth or teeth. The periodontist might also recommend the dental crown procedure to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure, such as a crown or bridge possible. The procedure evens the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
To learn more about Chatham esthetic periodontal therapy, contact our office today. Our expert periodontist, Caryn Miller, DMD and our team look forward to assisting you with all of your periodontal needs.