July 19th, 2019
Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis and our team know that your smile is one of your most distinguishing features, and one of the first things people notice about your appearance. Whether you hesitate when you smile, would like to fix imperfections, or simply wouldn’t mind increasing your self-confidence, we would like to remind you that our team members at Peninsula Periodontal Associates are specialists when it comes to replacing teeth through dental implants, reshaping your gum line, helping you regain tissue health, or covering gum recession brought on by gingivitis.
Luckily, we provide procedures that cover unattractive, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces, as well as prevent future gum recession, ultimately giving you the smile you’ve always wanted.
For patients who feel they are showing excessive gums when they smile, we are proud to offer crown lengthening and gingival reshaping, a procedure where Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis and our team reshape excess gum and bone tissue in order to expose more of your natural tooth (or teeth), giving your mouth a natural-looking gum line.
When gums start receding, they begin literally pulling away from your teeth, exposing the roots and putting them at greater risk for tooth decay and bone loss, not to mention sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. This condition can be alleviated through a cosmetic procedure we call a gum graft, also known as a soft tissue graft, which Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis can perform to reduce gum recession , cover unsightly tooth roots, and protect them from decay and subsequent loss.
Not only do missing teeth create unattractive gaps in your smile, they also take a toll on your oral health as normal activities like eating and speaking become challenging and sometimes downright painful. Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis and our team are proud to offer dental implants, which are the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth, and can dramatically improve the functionality and aesthetics of your smile, not to mention the impact they have on your quality of life. If properly maintained, implants can last a lifetime.
Sometimes when a tooth is extracted or falls out due to decay, the bone and gum tissue will collapse around the affected area, resulting in what Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis and our team call a gum indentation. If that is the case, we can replace your tooth, in addition to recommending you undergo a procedure called a ridge augmentation, where we will smooth out the indentation to recreate the natural outline of your gum line and jaw. This procedure generally includes bone grafting to regenerate the missing bone.
If you are interested in learning more about the cosmetic services we provide to give you the smile you’ve always wanted, we encourage you to give us a call at our San Mateo, CA office. During your visit, Dr. Pope, Dr. Pickering, and Dr. Lewis will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your options.