We often think about oral health in terms of our teeth and gums, but the health of your underlying bone tissue is also of great importance. A strong alveolar ridge - the part of the jawbone where the teeth attach, is key to having strong teeth or stable dental implants and/or permanent dentures.
While a far more common periodontal problem is to have too little gum tissue due to periodontal disease and gradual gum recession, having too much gum tissue can also be problematic. Crown lengthening is the number one procedure used by periodontists to correct a "gummy smile" and other problems related to excess periodontal tissue in particular locations in your mouth.
When you lose one or more teeth, it creates problems that go far beyond just aesthetics. For example, it can also lead to adjacent teeth drifting out of place or becoming misaligned. And it eventually leads to bone loss and gum shrinkage below where the tooth used to be.
There are numerous advantages of dental implants over other tooth restoration methods like removable dentures and bridges, but did you know that you can get same-day dental implants? Really? New teeth in one day? As amazing as that may seem; yes, it is really possible. And experienced periodontists perform same-day implant installation procedures on a routine basis.
In decades gone by, there were few viable options for tooth restoration after you'd lost one or more teeth. You basically had removable dentures when many teeth had been lost and dental bridges when only one or two were missing and that was it.