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Duration: 48 minutes, 11 seconds

Author: Dr. James Kohner

Aesthetic Periodontal Surgery to Enhance Restorative Results Introduction – Understanding the importance of aesthetic periodontal surgery in restorative dentistry. The Impact of Excessive Gingival Display – How excessive display of gingiva can affect the aesthetic result of teeth. – Even if teeth are white and bright, excessive gingiva can detract from their appearance. The Role of Gum Shortening – How gum shortening can improve symmetry and enhance restorative dentistry. – The procedure involves removing excess gum tissue to reveal more of the tooth surface. – This can create a more balanced and proportionate smile. The Benefits of Clear Terminology – Highlighting the importance of clear communication with patients. – Many patients may have difficulty understanding the term “crown lengthening.” – Referring to the procedure as “gum shortening” can make it more understandable. Addressing Functional and Mechanical Issues – How functional and mechanical problems with posterior crowns can impact restorative results. – Patients may not be aware of these underlying issues. – Explaining the importance of addressing these problems before the restorative procedure. The Process of Aesthetic Periodontal Surgery – Discussing the steps involved in aesthetic periodontal surgery. – Examination and evaluation of the patient’s oral health. – Planning the surgery to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome. – Performing the gum shortening procedure with precision and care. – Post-operative care and follow-up to ensure proper healing. The Role of the Periodontist – Emphasizing the expertise of a periodontist in performing aesthetic periodontal surgery. – Periodontists specialize in the structures and health of the gums. – Their knowledge and experience can greatly enhance restorative results. Patient Experience and Expectations – Addressing concerns and misconceptions that patients may have. – Explaining the benefits and potential risks of aesthetic periodontal surgery. – Managing patient expectations and providing realistic outcomes. Conclusion – Summarizing the importance of aesthetic periodontal surgery in enhancing restorative results. – Highlighting the benefits of gum shortening and addressing functional issues. – Encouraging patients to seek a consultation with a periodontist for optimal dental aesthetics. FAQs 1. Is aesthetic periodontal surgery painful? – Aesthetic periodontal surgery is generally well-tolerated with minimal discomfort. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area during the procedure. 2. How long does it take to recover from gum shortening? – The recovery period varies depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Generally, it takes about a week for the gums to heal completely. 3. Can aesthetic periodontal surgery be combined with other dental procedures? – Yes, aesthetic periodontal surgery can be combined with other restorative dental procedures, such as dental implants or veneers, to achieve optimal results. 4. Are there any risks or complications associated with gum shortening? – Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. However, when performed by a skilled periodontist, the risks are minimal. 5. How long do the results of aesthetic periodontal surgery last? – The results of aesthetic periodontal surgery can last for many years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care. Maintenance visits with a periodontist are recommended for long-lasting results.

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