Smile Design services offered in San Luis Obispo, CA
If you dream of having a beautiful, Hollywood-worthy smile, consider smile design. Lynn Sayre-Carstairs, DMD, uses smile design to evaluate, diagnose, and treat cosmetic issues affecting the teeth and gums. After an oral exam and a discussion of your goals, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your smile goals. To schedule an appointment for smile design, call the Coast Periodontics and Laser Surgery office in San Luis Obispo, California, or book online today.
Smile Design Q & A
What is a smile design procedure?
A smile design procedure uses periodontal treatments and dental restorations to improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, gums, and smile. In addition, it ensures your teeth and jaw remain properly aligned, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak confidently.
By undergoing a smile design procedure with Dr. Sayre-Carstairs, you may be able to transform your smile and ensure optimal oral health for years to come.
What does a smile design appointment involve?
A smile design appointment begins with a discussion of what you like and wish to change about your smile. Next, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs conducts an oral exam and evaluates your facial features, looking for areas that might benefit from enhancement. After gathering the necessary information, Dr. Sayre Carstairs makes recommendations for treatment.
What does smile design include?
Every patient has unique concerns and goals. Depending on your needs, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs may recommend:
A bite adjustment uses special tools to improve bite-related abnormalities, like crossbite, underbite, or overbite. When your teeth fit together as they should, they’re less likely to experience cavities and general wear-and-tear.
Crown lengthening is an outpatient procedure that uses lasers or other tools to reshape your gum tissue and tooth enamel. After making the necessary adjustments, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs bonds a crown on top of your affected tooth.
If you need one or more extractions, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs may recommend a ridge augmentation. During ridge augmentation, she places a bone graft in the socket where your permanent tooth used to be. The graft encourages the production of new bone tissue, providing a foundation for a dental implant or a fixed bridge.
Pocket reduction surgery
If you have severe gum disease caused by gum recession, you may benefit from a pocket reduction. Pocket reduction uses soft tissue lasers to recontour your gum line, enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Sometimes, gum disease results in exposed tooth roots. Gum grafting may prevent further recession and reduce the risk of additional complications.
If you want dental implants, but don’t have enough healthy bone to support them, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs may recommend bone grafting. A bone graft is a piece of natural or synthetic bone tissue implanted in your jaw. Once placed, the graft encourages the production of new and healthy tissue.
Pinhole surgical technique
The pinhole surgical technique is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting. With this procedure, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs may help enhance the appearance of your entire gum line.
To explore the benefits of smile design, call the Coast Periodontics and Laser Surgery office in San Luis Obispo, California, or book online today.