Cosmetic Treatments

If you are not happy with your smile, there are cosmetic and dental procedures available that can help you achieve the look and smile you want. These procedures generally take the form of cosmetic gum surgery.

The following are the three most common gum related problems we are asked to treat:

  1. A “gummy” smile
  2. Uneven gum line due to receding gums
  3. Lost or “collapsed” gums due to missing teeth

A "gummy" smile

Do you feel that your teeth are too short and your smile is too “gummy”? They may actually be the proper length, but they are covered with too much gum tissue.

To correct this, your periodontist performs crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.

Uneven gum line due to receding gums

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession.

Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you are not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks.

Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue, which is absent due to excessive gingival recession.

During this procedure, your periodontist takes gum from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

Lost or "collapsed" gums due to missing teeth

Sometimes when you lose one or more teeth, you can get an indentation in your gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. This happens because the jawbone recedes when it is no longer holding a tooth in place.

Not only is this indentation unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth.

Fortunately, your periodontist can fill in this “defect” with a procedure called ridge augmentation, recapturing the natural contour of your gums and jaw. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy to clean and beautiful.


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Dear Pieter , Inus , Lisa and Theresa. Thank you all so much for giving me back my smile. What a beautiful set of teeth and a wonderful fit with lots of love and hugs.

- Linda

Dear Inus. Just to say a big big thank you for the temporary crown you did for me last week, you have no idea how much I appreciate it , I shall be able to smile at my son’s wedding instead of grinning !! Many many thanks.

- Barbara

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- Eileen

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Our Periodontics/Prosthodontics opening hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday

    ( 8.30am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 5.00pm )
  • Friday 8.30- 3.30

    ( 8.30am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm )