A beautiful smile begins with healthy, beautiful gums. In addition to periodontal services that prevent, treat, and maintain gum disease, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of your gums and smile. Your dentists in Bethesda, MD can correct receding gums, a gummy smile, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
Before & After Periodontal Surgery in Bethesda, MD
Correcting a Gummy Smile or Uneven Gum Line
An ideal smile reveals as much of your teeth as possible with little gum showing and a gum line that is even and contoured in harmony with the upper lip. If you have an excessive gingival display, your teeth can look short and you may feel that your smile is unattractive. A dental crown lengthening procedure, also known as a gum lift, can reduce the amount of gum tissue and expose more of your tooth. Dr. Roy Eskow will sculpt the gum line to a natural, even appearance. Patients report that this is a relatively painless procedure with healing faster than you might imagine.
Fixing Long Teeth or Receding Gums
Gum recession can cause the tooth roots to become exposed, aging your smile and making your teeth look longer. Gum recession also increases the risk for tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, and tooth loss. In many cases, Dr. Eskow can perform a gum graft surgery to cover the tooth roots and correct gum recession. Gum grafting can be applied to one or several teeth to correct the contours of the gum line and project a more natural and beautiful smile line.
Replace Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth due to periodontal disease, Dr. Eskow can design a dental implant treatment plan to permanently replace your lost teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace one, several, or all of your missing teeth. Often they are currently referred to as the gold-standard when it comes to replacing teeth in your smile zone. We offer a full range of dental implant services including all-on-four implant dentures, bone grafting, and sinus lifts.
Ridge augmentation is a procedure that restores the natural contour of your gums and jaw. This procedure is also known as a ridge expansion or sinus augmentation. When a tooth is lost, the bone that once surrounded it and held it in begins to recede. This can create indentations in the gum and jawbone where the tooth used to be. Dr. Eskow can perform a ridge augmentation procedure to regenerate bone and periodontal tissue for a healthier, more beautiful smile.
Periodontal Surgery FAQs
Do gums grow back after periodontal surgery?
No, gums do not grow back. Periodontal surgery for a gummy smile is permanent. Additionally, receding gums will not grow back naturally without help from a periodontist. There are many dental treatments that can help restore your gums around the teeth.
How long does it take for gums to heal after periodontal surgery?
Your gums can take one to two weeks to heal from periodontal surgery. Although healing time may differ from patient-to-patient. If you undergo more extensive treatment, you may need to give your gums a little more time to heal.
Is periodontal surgery painful?
No. Periodontal surgery is not painful with the use of a local anesthetic. You can also elect to have oral sedation to help calm your nerves and feel more comfortable during the procedure.
Schedule a Risk-free Consultation
Bethesda Dental Implant Center has been providing the Bethesda, MD area with high-quality periodontal services for over 35 years. Schedule a consultation with periodontist Dr. Roy Eskow today. Give us a call at (301) 200-5222 or request a visit online.