James A. DiPerna, DMD
Amber M.S. Foronda, DMD
David C. Hay, DMD, MPH
RIDC/Fox Chapel Office

(412) 963-1911 | View Map

Warrendale Office

(724) 262-2333 | View Map

Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic Periodontal Procedures

A beautiful smile starts with healthy gums. Our goal as periodontists is to maintain the health of your gums and the integrity of the supporting structures. We use the latest research and technology to achieve this.

Treatment for a Gummy Smile

A smile is said to be ‘gummy’ if a significant amount of upper gingival tissue (gum tissue) is exposed when laughing or smiling. This gives the effect of the upper teeth being too short, and can make you feel self-conscious.

Ideally your smile should reveal very little gum, and visible tissue should look balanced and even in contrast with your upper lip. Your smile will depend on the shape of your teeth and their size, as well as the shape and size of your lips. Fortunately, a gummy smile is something that can oftentimes be corrected through cosmetic periodontal treatment.

Procedures:
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening & Gingival Contouring

Gum Recession - Sensitive or Unsightly Teeth

Gum recession can expose tooth roots and show more of your teeth than normal. Longer looking teeth and exposed tooth roots give an "old" appearance to your smile. Some people cover their mouths when they smile for this very reason.

Normally gum tissue surrounds and protects the delicate roots of your teeth. Exposed tooth roots are prone to tooth decay, root canals, discoloration and actual jawbone loss. All of this can lead to tooth loss in advanced cases.

Procedures:
Soft Tissue Grafting / Pinhole Surgical Technique

Missing Teeth

Dental implants are regarded as the preferred approach for replacement of missing teeth as they preserve bone structure and allow you to function comfortably and effectively.
Learn more about Dental Implants.