What Is the Purpose of Crown-Lengthening Treatment?

Crown-lengthening is an effective treatment that’s often necessary when a tooth needs to be repaired but the surrounding gums cover a majority of that tooth, making it difficult to perform restorative treatment. Also, crown-lengthening can be used to improve the aesthetic appearance of a person’s smile. Perhaps you’ve heard the term “gummy smile,” which is sometimes used to describe a... read more »

Periodontal Disease Threatens Your Oral Health and Your Smile

Periodontal disease is gum disease. It is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Periodontal disease is remarkably pervasive worldwide, even in the United States. In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) reports... read more »

Understanding Crown-Lengthening

Crown-lengthening is a surgical dental procedure where gum tissue and bone are removed in order to expose more surface area of the tooth. Crown-lengthening is helpful in the special circumstances described below. Sometimes a person’s teeth appear to be “too short.” Maybe you’ve heard this condition referred to as having a “gummy smile.” Usually the teeth aren’t too short at... read more »

The Restorative Power of Osseous Surgery

Deteriorating oral health can be a vicious cycle. And once you're stuck in that cyclical pattern, it's difficult to escape without the help of a trained professional like Dr. Anne Nicholas. Here's how the cycle of gum disease progresses toward bone loss and the need for osseous surgery: Poor oral hygiene results in the formation of plaque, which soon hardens... read more »

Periodontal Treatment: Improve Your Smile and Your Health

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that can become progressively worse and eventually destroy the gums and other structures that support the teeth. This disease is dangerous to your oral health because it is a painless infection that stealthily attacks — like a silent saboteur — unless you seek proper treatment. A periodontist specializes in the successful treatment of periodontal... read more »