Crown Lengthening

Today, cosmetic dental surgery goes beyond the face and body to improve the appearance of your smile and boost your confidence. What is known as periodontal plastic surgery is actually several procedures that can change your smile’s appearance by reshaping or recontouring the gumline. Dr. Alice P. Moran is a board-certified periodontist who offers today’s most advanced periodontal cosmetic procedures in San Clemente, CA to finally give you the smile you want.

Crown lengthening

Do you have what you consider short teeth or a gummy smile? While your teeth appear shorter than normal, they are actually covered by excess gum tissue. Dr. Moran can sculpt your gumline and lengthen your teeth through a procedure called crown lengthening, where excess gum tissue is removed to expose more of the crown of the tooth. Additionally, crown lengthening can help improve oral health by recontouring troublesome gum pockets.

Gum grafting

Gum recession usually results in exposed tooth roots, causing sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink. You may naturally appear a little “long in the tooth” and wish to change this. In either case, Dr. Moran’s gum grafting techniques can cover the tooth roots, reduce sensitivity, improve your smile’s appearance and help prevent additional recession. Gum grafting can be done for one tooth or several teeth. If restorations are needed, this procedure sets the stage for new veneers and crowns to have the correct length and shape. You’ll be happy to know that Dr. Moran’s method of obtaining gum tissue offers greater patient comfort and a faster recovery time than previously used methods.

Dr. Moran also offers alternatives to gum grafting from the palate, including The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.