Cosmetic Periodontal Assessment
Our aim is to provide the optimal aesthetic outcome to each case we treat. In order to do this we have to assess each case individually and create a set of protocols that are unique to the individual.
It is important for the “pink stuff” surrounding each tooth to be taken into account when considering cosmetic enhancements. Often if a part of the gum is too bulky or the gum line is uneven then this can seriously impact the final cosmetics of the smile.
Our Cosmetic Periodontal Assessment helps us to take many factors into consideration and certain parameters are also taken into account when establishing treatment protocols. We also work very closely with your cosmetic restorative dentist to make sure that the gum-tooth combination is perfectly matched.
Factors considered during our Cosmetic Periodontal Assessment include:
We need to understand how this condition has arisen so that we can not only treat the cause but also make sure that the final aesthetics is not impeded.
This is a very important consideration since we need to understand how the final aesthetics is going to be affected long term and whether we need to intervene with any grafting procedures to strengthen the gum around the tooth.
We aim to prevent further deterioration from the infection and so stabilizing the area of concern becomes a major part of the treatment.
If a tooth doesn’t have enough of “keratinized” gingivae then it can be a precursor to recession and even be exacerbated by any existing infection leading to further recession. This needs to be assessed so that the correct types of options are selected.
Access & Muscle Pull
This is how the facial muscles affect the way we smile. Sometimes the gums are connected to the mobile element of the soft tissues in a way that is not aesthetically pleasing. Hence we need to accommodate this additional consideration in our treatment plan.
If a patient is a smoker then this can negatively impact the outcome of the treatment. All our assessments take this fact into consideration before we establish protocols for treatment.
We like to understand fully your precise needs and requirements for the final cosmetic result. This helps us to build into the treatment plan aspects that enhance your smile in the way you want. We work collaboratively very closely with the cosmetic dentist to ensure a pleasing final result.
General Dental Health & Oral Hygiene
It is important to make sure that your mouth is stable before we embark upon cosmetic treatments. We need to ensure that we can make the area of concern healthy as well as beautiful. We can easily provide a home regime also that facilitates a healthy foundation upon which to work.
Type of Defect
When it comes to a Cosmetic Assessment we like to identify the extent of damage already in place. This helps us to predict the long-term outcome of the situation. It also helps us to understand what procedures are best to help to increase the longevity of the treatment. We classify the defect using the Miller Classification for gingival recession.
This assessment is often carried out in combination with our Signature Periodontal Examination.
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