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Cosmetic Dentistry
Encinitas, CA

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch that deals with several procedures to improve the appearance of a person's teeth and gums. Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants excels at a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, from simple teeth whitening to complex full mouth restorations. Three of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures are ridge augmentation, aesthetic gum lift, and gum grafting.

Ridge Augmentation

Ridge augmentation is a surgical procedure that helps correct jawbone deformities. The procedure is typically performed in preparation for dental implant placement or to improve the appearance of the gum line. The procedure for ridge augmentation involves adding bone or bone substitutes to the jawbone to improve jawbone density, which helps restore the bone's natural shape and size. The process of ridge augmentation is simple and involves the following steps:

• First, we use a local anesthesia to numb the area.
• Then, we make a small incision in the gum tissue, exposing the underlying jawbone.
• We place the bone, or a bone substitute material, in the area we examined before the procedure that lacks sufficient bone density.
• Then, we suture the gum tissue back in place to help facilitate the natural healing process.

Anesthetic Gum Lift

An aesthetic gum lift, also known as gum contouring or gum reshaping, is a cosmetic dental procedure we use to improve the appearance of the gums. It is typically done to correct a "gummy smile" or to make the teeth appear longer. The procedure involves reshaping the gum line to create a more symmetrical, proportionate, and visually appealing smile. The process of an aesthetic gum lift involves the following steps:

• First, we numb the targeted area using a local anesthesia.
• We use a laser or scalpel to remove any excess gum tissue. We also sculpt the gum line accordingly.
• Finally, we suture the gum tissue back in place to facilitate the natural healing process of the gums and prevent infection.

Gum Grafting

Gum grafting is another popular dental procedure that we use. Opposite to a gum lift, a gum graft helps to treat receding gums. Various factors, including gum disease, aggressive brushing, or simple genetics, can cause receding gums. Gum grafting involves taking excess gum tissue from another area of the mouth and placing it over the receded area of the gum lining. The procedure helps restore the gum line's natural appearance and prevent further gum recession. The process of gum grafting involves the following steps:

• First, we numb the targeted area using a local anesthesia.
• Then, we remove a small piece of gum tissue from the roof of the mouth or another viable area.
• We place the extracted tissue on any area of the receded gum line and then suture the gums into place.
• Finally, we cover the area with a protective dressing. This helps facilitate natural healing.
Older man in a dental chair holding up a hand mirror and looking at his cosmetic dentistry from Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants in Encinitas, CA
Cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of procedures to help patients achieve a comfortable appearance. Ridge augmentation, aesthetic gum lift, and gum grafting are just a few examples of the many procedures available at Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants to help improve the appearance of the teeth and gums. It's essential to consult with us to determine which procedure is right for you and to achieve the best possible results.

This Doctor is a true healer!

Dr. Bembey is truly a healer. Not one of those Doctors who is in it for the money. You can tell that she loves her job. She actually made it enjoyable, and I don’t normally think of gum surgery as something to enjoy. She is very knowledgeable, and her skills are awesome! She communicates well and tells you small details that really help a lot. And she is there for you if you need her. Most importantly, she saved me from loosing my teeth! This Doctor is a GEM!!! I highly recommend her.

-Lynn V., February 2022

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Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants in Encinitas, CA
Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants
Dr. Bembey and Dr. Yokoyama
477 North El Camino Real #C-306
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-632-9055
Fax: 760-943-0500

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: Call hours 8am - 12pm*
*Treatment by appointment only
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Cosmetic Dentistry Encinitas, CA | Michael Yokoyama DDS - Dentist
At Michael Yokoyama, D.D.S, we specialize in several cosmetic services aimed at improving the appearance of your teeth and overall smile. From minor cosmetic changes to full-tooth restorations, we have got you covered!
Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants, 477 North El Camino Real #C-306, Encinitas, CA 92024 - 760-632-9055 - - 5/22/2023 - Associated Words: Periodontist Encinitas CA -