While cosmetic surgeons can make changes that enhance the cheeks, eyes and nose, our dentists in Oak Lawn, Illinois, can make changes that improve the aesthetics of your teeth. This is an important aspect to having a beautiful appearance, as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry discovered in a study. The study showed that people who made cosmetic improvements to their smile were not only rated as more attractive but also more sensitive, friendly, popular and successful. Dr. Chris Pallotto, Dr. Duyen Tran and our team know how sought-after smile enhancements have become, which is why we can repair some of the following flaws at Oak Dental Associates:
- Gummy Smile or Crooked Gumline: If excess gum tissue is making your teeth appear too short, then you have a gummy smile. If this problem appears in some parts of your mouth but not others, you have a crooked gumline. We can repair these flaws by performing a gum lift (also known as crown lengthening). By sculpting the contours of your gum tissue and removing excess amounts, we can expose more tooth structure and create an even gumline.
- Exposed Roots: Whether it is gum disease, bruxism, vigorous brushing, genetics or age, exposed tooth roots make your teeth appear long and unhealthy. In fact, exposed roots are also vulnerable to decay, bone loss and sensitivity. To remedy this problem, we can perform a gum graft (also known as a soft tissue graft). We will transplant gum tissue over the tooth root in order to protect it and renew the appearance of your smile.
- Missing Teeth: If you have lost one or more teeth, then not only do you have embarrassing gaps in your smile but you can also develop certain oral health problems. We offer dental implants and other restorations that renew the structure, function and appearance of your smile.
- Gum Indentations: When you lose a tooth, the jawbone tissue that used to support it will start to shrink. This can create indentations in the gums and jawbone. We repair this problem by not only replacing the missing tooth but by performing a ridge augmentation where we place bone grafts in the affected areas to restore lost structure.
If you are experiencing any of these problems or would just like to explore your treatment options, contact our office at 708-422-1900 today.