Cosmetic Dentistry

Periodontist in St. Louis, Missouri

Cosmetic Dentistry in St Louis

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on enhancing the appearance of a person’s teeth, smile, and overall oral aesthetics. It involves various procedures and treatments designed to improve the color, shape, size, alignment, and overall harmony of the teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of solutions to address common dental issues such as stained or discolored teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned or crooked teeth, and even missing teeth. Popular cosmetic dental procedures include teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental bonding, orthodontic treatments like braces or clear aligners, dental implants, and gum contouring.

All on X Smile Makeovers

All-on-X dental implants embody a cutting-edge approach in dental restoration, offering a versatile and personalized solution for patients with varying degrees of tooth loss. This innovative method expands on the principles of the All-on-4 technique by allowing for the placement of four or more implants based on the individual’s dental structure and needs. The flexibility in the number of implants provides a tailored fit that ensures greater stability and support for the prosthetic teeth, catering to a wider range of bone densities and volumes.

This technique not only delivers a highly functional and aesthetic result but also promotes long-term oral health by preserving jawbone integrity and facilitating easier maintenance. Patients opting for All-on-X can enjoy a customized, secure, and comfortable solution that closely resembles natural teeth, offering significant improvements in both function and confidence.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening St Louis

Most have probably seen people with what you would consider short teeth or a “gummy” smile. While it may appear that their teeth are shorter than normal and caps or crowns are thought to be needed. It’s often just a case of the teeth being hidden behind the gums. By repositioning the gum line, you can improve your smile and the contours of your face without having to cut the teeth permanently to fit crowns on them.

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One of the major advantages of crown lengthening is that it can often be completed in one visit with a simple anesthetic. Essentially, the excessive gum tissue that is hiding your teeth is removed to expose the normal length of the tooth.

With crown lengthening, you’ll benefit from the following:

● Enhanced teeth that no longer look short or like “baby teeth.”

● A much more attractive smile.

● Reduction of a “gummy” like smile.

● An improved self-image and more self-confidence.

● A relatively quick healing period with little discomfort.

● Visible results in as little as one week from surgery.

Apart from the esthetic benefits of crown lengthening, correcting a “gummy” smile can also improve your overall periodontal health. When gum tissue does not normally recede as adult teeth appear, pockets can form in the gums around the teeth, which can result in advanced periodontal disease. By contouring the gums through crown lengthening, you cannot only improve the look and confidence of your smile but also prevent future problems.

Connective Tissue Graft

The indications for this type of graft are when there is inadequate attached tissue (pink firm fixed tissue) around the tooth or teeth, along with the visible root recession is visually unpleasing and or causes cold sensitivity. This procedure can also be used for covering over small cavities that are removed and avoid a restoration in the area. If a recession occurs and results in the red, movable mucosal tissue surrounding the tooth or teeth, significant recession at a much quicker rate can occur. The reason for this is that the mucosal tissue is not resistant to toothbrush wear and can be very tender to brushing. Also, the mucosal tissue is not firmly bound down on the tooth and bone, resulting in food getting trapped under the tissue, resulting in an abscess. This can cause significant bone loss in a very short period. Keep in mind, during the time the gums creep away from the tooth, so does the resorption of the bone. All of this results in possible loss of teeth.

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