Periodontal Plastic Surgery
Today, surgical techniques can invisibly alter your gum tissues and their relationship to the teeth. Gummy smiles can be corrected, exposed root surfaces covered and more. These “plastic” (reshaping) surgical procedures use internal techniques which result in comfortable recovery and minimal healing. Periodontal plastic surgery (tooth lengthening) may also be needed before teeth can be restored for cosmetic purposes. Consult with your dentist or periodontist.
- Length of Procedure — 1 to 3 hours, depending on the procedure needed
- Number of Visits — 2 to 4 visits including post-operative checks
- Anesthesia — usually only local anesthetic is necessary, but options available include oral or conscious sedation
- Duration of Results — can last a lifetime with good general health and proper periodontal maintenance with cleanings every 3 to 4 months.
- Recovery time — usually minor discomfort and swelling controlled by minor non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, analgesic medication and antibiotics
- Risks — minor thermal sensitivity especially to cold (up to a few weeks)
Has dentistry really outdone nature? Natural looking and functional stand alone tooth replacement systems consist of an implant — a root replacement which permanently joins to the bone and to which a crown is attached. Just like the teeth you see in your mouth, but unlike natural teeth, they won’t decay or develop gum disease. Dental implants take planning and time (3 to 12 months) to provide permanent tooth replacements.
- Length of Procedure — 1 to 3 hours depending on the number of implants placed. Crown(s) on implants are separate appointments (at least 3)
- Number of Visits — multiple visits including post operative checks
- Anesthesia — usually only local anesthetic, but options include conscious sedation, or general anesthesia
- Duration of Results — implants can last your lifetime
- Recovery time — 1 to 3 days requiring minor non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, analgesic medication (Ibuprofen) and antibiotics
- Risks — are few but include anything from infection to failure and more. Discuss with your dentist all of the risks, benefits and alternatives that are necessary as with any surgical procedure
Orthodontic treatment is an ingenious scientific discovery that has allowed the dental profession to accurately and precisely move teeth into improved aesthetic alignment and functional position. From minor movement using clear aligners to full braces to correct a bad bite the “original smile creator” can work its magic for you. This may take anywhere from several months to three years. Consult with your dentist or orthodontist.
- Length of Procedure — for adults, treatment usually requires 3 to 24 months
- Number of Visits — multiple visits and adjustments every 3 to 6 weeks
- Anesthesia — none
- Duration of Results — usually lifetime (compliance with retainers may be necessary) although natural aging over the years may lead to slight changes
- Recovery time — none
- Risks — your gum tissues must be healthy to have orthodontics safely as an adult. Cleanings every 2 to 3 months are important to prevent potential for bone loss