Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery in Rockford, Dixon and Janesville
Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile may be good candidates for cosmetic periodontal surgery. One of the most common types of cosmetic periodontal surgeries is correction of a gummy smile, which is easily addressed with either a crown lengthening procedure or a gum contouring procedure. This type of cosmetic periodontal surgery involves recontouring the gum line by removing small amounts of tissue in order to expose more natural tooth. By removing gum tissue and realigning your gum line, more tooth will be visible, which creates an improved balance between your teeth and gums, resulting in a healthy, full, natural-looking smile. Removal of this tissue also makes it possible for your periodontist to address decay that has developed prior to placement of a dental crown.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for cosmetic periodontal surgery, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Before and After Cosmetic Periodontal Treatment
What Type of Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery is Right for Me?
Every patient has unique needs and personal goals for the aesthetic appearance of their smile. We are committed to conducting a thorough examination to determine what cosmetic periodontal surgeries are a good fit for you, not only to help you achieve your cosmetic goals, but to do so in a way that best supports your overall periodontal health.
To support you in these efforts, we provide the following cosmetic periodontal procedures:
- Crown Lengthening: An efficient method of balancing the ratio of your gums and teeth by removing a sufficient amount of gum tissue away, which shortens your gums and makes your teeth look longer.
- Soft tissue graft: Gum recession, tooth roots, and other unattractive features of your smile can easily be corrected with a soft issue graft.
- Bone Grafting: The loss of your natural teeth not only impacts the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but your overall oral health. Once a tooth has been missing for long enough, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, resulting in the patient appearing to be older than they are. A dental bone graft is an effective method for creating enough jawbone to allow for placement of a dental implant, returning patients back to their full, bright, healthy natural smile.
What to Expect During the Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery Process
Prior to performing the cosmetic periodontal surgery procedure, we will conduct an in-depth dental and medical health history review to determine the underlying reason why cosmetic periodontal surgery is necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or signs of periodontal disease.
Once the underlying cause has been identified and it is determined that cosmetic periodontal surgery is the appropriate treatment option for you, the cosmetic periodontal surgery procedure will typically begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Patients who require sedation as part of this procedure should avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours prior to surgery, except for prescription medication, which can be taken with water. Once you are sufficiently numbed, the cosmetic periodontal surgery will be performed.
Aftercare Following Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
Following your cosmetic periodontal surgery, it is essential to follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first two weeks and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
- Continue practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular periodontal exams to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.
Cost of Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
The cost of cosmetic periodontal surgery will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used and what type of procedure you have performed. One of the most important things to keep in mind if you are considering having cosmetic periodontal surgery is that these procedures are not always covered by dental insurance plans.
Although your procedure my not be covered, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require. We offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for cosmetic periodontal surgery, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.