The phrase “long in the tooth” might be fine for getting an idea of the age of a horse, but it can attract unwanted attention to people whose teeth look like they’re getting longer due to gum disease. When gum disease causes the gums to recede, the teeth start to look like they’re getting longer. While you can’t grow new gums, there are some things a periodontist can do for you to help you preserve your remaining gums and correct the visible appearance of “long teeth.”
Laser Gum Surgery
Gum surgery is one of the most impactful procedures in turning the tide against gum disease. Depending on how advanced your gum disease gets, you’ll have two options for treating it: the traditional way, and through laser gum surgery.
While conventional gum surgery entails the uses of scalpels to removed diseased gum tissue, laser gum surgery leverages highly accurate lasers instead.
Here are some of the many perks of going with laser gum surgery:
- Only mild discomfort, if any
- Faster healing time
- No need for stitches
- No need for a follow up to have the stitches removed
Left unchecked, gum disease will eventually eat away at the gums, decay the teeth and cause the teeth to fall out. Dental implants are a long-term solution to replacing missing or decaying teeth. Titanium dental implant posts are inserted into the jawbone in place of natural teeth and then realistic, porcelain teeth are attached to the tops of the implant posts.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
As gum disease progresses to its more severe stages, the gums start to recede – giving the appearance that the teeth are getting longer. To combat this, dentists often graft gum along the gum line. The gums are often grafted from the roof of the mouth or other areas where healthy gums are in abundance.
As an alternative that doesn’t require grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique® entails drawing receding gums forward. Using a hole the size of a pinpoint, your dentist can pull the gums back over your teeth.
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