Esthetic Crown Lengthening: What does my mouth look like right after the procedure?

before crown lengthening

after crown lengthening

Please see above for before and immediately after crown lengthening procedures. Note the clear sutures will dissolve over 4-7 days and placed to minimize esthetic issues over the 2 week post-operative period.

Meet our 21 year old patient BM who presented with a chief concern “My teeth don’t match my age, I would like longer teeth”.  BM planned to return to college after his appointment and was curious as to how he would look immediately after surgery. Please see above for before and immediately after crown lengthening surgery. Typically results are shown once healing is complete, however, Dr. Anderson feels that it is important for patients to know what to expect during, right after and months after the procedure.

BM was pleased with the results and “how fast the appointment went”. Please note a few clear sutures called “chromic gut” which were strategically placed to keep the gum at the proper level but in places that are mostly hidden when RJ spoke or laughed. BM will return in 3 months for Dr. Anderson to evaluate the results and give clearance for BM to return to his general dentist.

If you are interested in learning more about esthetic crown lengthening, Dr. Anderson would be happy to evaluate your unique case and educate you as to the etiology or cause of your presentation, the specifics of the procedure, expected results and post-operative care. Please call our office at (248) 480-4910 to make an appointment with at Anderson Periodontal Wellness in Bloomfield Hills, Mi.

Immediate Implant Placement with Immediate Temporization: “Tooth in a Day”

Meet our patient DN who presented with an abscessed (infected) #8 (upper right central incisor). It was very important for DN that she left the surgical implant placement surgery “looking the same as when [she] walked in”. Not all patients are candidates for extraction, implant placement and temporary tooth fixation in one appointment, however DN was a great candidate. Dr. Anderson extracted the tooth, addressed the infection so that implant placement was feasible and fabricated a chair-side temporary that mimicked her original tooth DN was accustomed to.

For this sequence to be viable, DN was very careful as to not “load” or use the tooth during the 3 month healing period. DN was pleased that her friends and family could not notice she had periodontal surgery and that the tooth looked “just like the old one”. DN will wear this initial temporary for 3 months prior to receiving the final implant crown with her general dentist.

the implant placement procedure

Reference above for initial, extraction, implant and temporary placement photos. These photos are taken at one appointment, showing the discussed steps. Note the shape of the temporary directly dictates the response and support of the gum.

Please contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Dr. Anderson will thoroughly assess your case and determine if you are a candidate for immediate implant temporization.

The Right Questions to Ask Before Dental Implant Surgery

Dental Implant Model

Have you been considering dental implants to replace your broken or missing teeth? You may be wondering what questions to ask before you commit to treatment. While dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, it is a good idea to research this solution, so you know what to expect. Dr. Lauren Anderson, a board-certified periodontist and masters trained periodontist, is here to answer the common questions patients ask about dental implants. As an expert in dental implant treatment, Dr. Anderson can help you determine if this solution is right for you during an in-person consultation.

 

  1. Are dental implants the best option for me?

While there are many options for replacing missing teeth, such as dentures, dental implants have proven to be a life-changing and long-term solution for most patients. Even if your situation requires additional treatments like bone grafting or tooth extractions, you are most likely a candidate for dental implants with expert care from Dr. Anderson.

  1. Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are made from titanium alloy, a biocompatible material that is incredibly safe and functional, with a 97-98 % success rate. They integrate naturally with the jawbone to provide a permanent and strong foundation for new teeth. Seeking the expertise of a specialist like Dr. Anderson ensures that your oral and physical health is properly assessed so your treatment is customized for the most beneficial, long-lasting results.

  1. How long does the treatment process take?

The dental implant treatment process varies depending on how severe your case is, the number of missing teeth if additional procedures are needed, and other factors. While the surgery itself lasts less than an hour, your mouth will need to heal for 3-6 months before your final tooth or set of teeth can be restored. You will receive a more personalized treatment plan after a consultation with Dr. Anderson.

  1. Are you qualified to place dental implants?

Dr. Anderson is a board-certified periodontist who received her masters degree in periodontics and dental implant surgery from the University of Michigan where she spent 11 years of education/training. Along with many years of experience and training, she uses advanced technologies like CBCT imaging and guided implant surgery to offer predictable and long-lasting treatment. This level of expertise coupled with a calming atmosphere and many sedation options routinely delivers exceptional results for her patients.

 

Interested in learning more?

Reserve your consultation with Dr. Lauren Anderson to discuss replacing your missing teeth with dental implants in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule today.

Know the Common Symptoms of Gum Disease

Patient in Pain

Have you been noticing that your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Or that they seem more swollen and tender? While many people pass these symptoms off as normal, they are most likely signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Even if your mouth appears healthy, knowing the common symptoms of gum disease can help prevent the condition from developing or worsening. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, is an expert in gum disease treatment. She encourages patients to be aware of the signs of gum disease and to be proactive about scheduling routine appointments.

 

Watch for these 3 common symptoms of gum disease:

  1. Tender, swollen gums

Healthy gums lay flat against your teeth, with a natural hue ranging from pink to dark purple. If bacterial plaque isn’t properly removed from the teeth, the irritated gums will start to appear red and swollen. You may also experience gum tenderness and even tooth sensitivity.

  1. Bleeding gums

Gum tissue irritated by the bacteria from plaque buildup will also bleed easily during brushing and flossing. This is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Luckily, if caught early, this stage can be stopped so it does not progress and harm your smile.

  1. Receding gums

Gum recession is another sign that gum disease may be present. If bacteria are infecting the gums, they will begin pulling away from the teeth, creating pockets that can easily trap more harmful bacteria.

 

Think you may have gum disease?

Dr. Anderson specializes in diagnosing and treating gum disease. With years of training, specialized experience, and her masters degree in the field, Dr. Anderson can help treat your symptoms and restore health to your gums and smile. A proponent of minimally invasive treatment, Dr. Anderson uses advanced technologies like the BIOLASE® WaterLase Express™ and Epic X™ dental lasers to provide predictable and safe treatment. Using these protocols, you can expect a superior level of care, a comfortable procedure, and a quick recovery.

Schedule your appointment

Reserve your consultation with Dr. Lauren Anderson to discuss gum disease treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Contact Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910 to schedule today.