Gum Replacement After Surgery

Doctors have long known how to make replacement teeth, but gums have been a different story.

Elise Kestenbaum had six dental surgeries that left her with embarrassing holes in her gums.

She thought she'd have to learn to live with the problem, but then she met a dentist who is devising an innovative way to close the gap.

Doctor Thanos Kristallis creates ceramic gums that attach to teeth or implants.

The innovation is possible because of Zirconia a strong ceramic that looks lifelike unlike old metal or plastic dentures.

Dr. Thanos Kristallis says, "It’s just as strong as metal. That's a huge breakthrough in our field, which we've seen, and for the last 30 years, we didn't have a material strong enough."

Doctor Kristallis takes a mold of the patient's mouth, and then bakes the mold to attach the ceramic gums.

That is followed by painstaking work to get the coloring, texture and tints of fake gums just right.

It takes just 10 minutes to cement the new gum to the tooth.

It does not hurt and will last up to 30 years.

However the procedure is expensive it costs between one-thousand and two-thousand dollars per tooth that is attached to a gum.

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