Having a beautiful smile is a priority for most of us. We want to look and feel our best every time we smile. Many aspects of your smile can work against you. Maybe your teeth are discolored or crooked, or maybe your gums seem to take over your entire smile! This is called having a gummy smile, and we can help!
At Dental Implants and Periodontology of Arizona, we do advanced dental procedures to care for the health and look of your gums. If you are embarrassed to smile, we have an option for you called cosmetic gummy smile treatment.
The gumline, and the bone just beneath the gumline, can be lowered to change the appearance of your smile. This can create a more even gumline or make the teeth appear longer. Gingival (gum) contouring is the process of recontouring the gum only.
Procedure: Your specialist fully numbs the area before removing enough gum tissue to expose more of your natural teeth.
Sometimes, your gums needs to be adjusted for a different purpose. Because plaque likes to live under the gumline, it is common for cavities and decay to form below the visible crown. Before your general dentist can restore your tooth, we need to make room for the restoration (filling or porcelain crown) by adjusting your gums and bone structure to lengthen your dental crown.
Dental Crown lengthening is needed when the part of the tooth crown that needs repair is below the gumline. In other words, you might have a cavity below your gums. In order to allow the dentist to reach that cavity, we need to expose more of your crown. This enables the dentist to provide a secure restoration.
Procedure: Your specialist administers a local anesthetic and gently recontours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural tooth.
In some cases, the problem is not that you have too much gum tissue, but that you have too little! The board certified specialists at AZPerio offer soft tissue grafting procedures in these situations. We can use your own soft tissue material or a gum tissue substitute to help you create a more balanced and even smile! This is sometimes done for dental cosmetics, but it is usually recommended as a way to protect your teeth roots from sensitivity and damage.
Are you ready to learn more about the work we can do with gums? With 100 years of combined experience and extensive ongoing training, our specialists can provide the care you need, so don’t hesitate to call today at 602-266-3430. You can also contact us through our online form. Someone from our office will be able to call you back shortly. We look forward to seeing you and your smile very soon!
Find out how implants can improve your life! Fill out the form below for instant access.