Are You Happy With Your Smile?

Did You Know Gum Disease Has an Effect On Your Actual Smile?

A smile is one of the most universally recognizable expressions. Smiling can demonstrate a person’s happiness, confidence, attractiveness, sociability and sincerity. However, the effects of gum disease or other oral tissue disorders cannot only be dangerous to your health and well-being, but can also have the potential to ruin your smile.

Luckily, periodontists are the experts in treating the tissues around the teeth. They have the know-how to treat the effects of gum disease or other oral tissue disorders and help improve your smile. There are a variety of periodontal cosmetic procedures that can improve and enhance the overall artwork of your smile.

Missing Teeth

Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. In the past, the only options for disguising tooth loss were dentures and bridges. Now, dental implants are a much more natural looking option because dental implants look and feel just like real teeth. They also allow the patient to speak and eat with comfort and confidence. During this procedure, a dental implant is inserted and, after a healing period, a dental implant crown is attached permanently, which blends right in with the rest of your teeth.

Root Coverage

Gum recession as a result of gum disease causes the tooth root to become exposed, which can make teeth look longer and can actually prematurely age a person. In fact, the phrase “long in the tooth” was used to describe the elderly, derived from this very issue. A periodontist can fix this problem with a procedure called root coverage, or gum grafting. During this particular procedure, tissue from the patient’s mouth palate or other synthetic materials are used to facilitate coverage of the exposed root.

Gummy Smile

Periodontists also have the ability to fix a “gummy smile” when a person’s teeth appear to be too short. The teeth may actually be the proper length, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. Your periodontist can correct this by performing a procedure called crown lengthening.  This is a procedure in which excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. The outcome is longer looking teeth and a winning smile.

smile man

Gums Are an Important Part of Your Smile

Your gums frame your teeth and play an integral role in the overall aesthetics of your everyday appearance. While taking care of them by brushing and flossing daily is the best way to maintain a healthy mouth, talk to your periodontist about the procedures available to maximize the potential of your smile.


The American Academy of Periodontology Patient Page is a public service of the AAP and should not be used as a substitute for the care and advice of your personal periodontist after a thorough exam. There may be variations in treatment that your periodontist will recommend based on individual facts and circumstances per patient. Visit to assess your risk and for more information on periodontal disease.

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