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Want an Even Smile? The Secret May Lie in Your Gums

Have you ever smiled in the mirror and detested the sight of teeth that look:

  • Too long
  • Too short
  • Differently sized?

If so, then you could probably use a bit of minor cosmetic gum enhancement.

Gum Treatment – Why?

Teeth sometimes look a little funny just because they have too much or too little gum tissue covering them. It might not necessarily be that your teeth are too small . . . they could just be hidden under excess gums.

Instead of compromising your tooth enamel to increase the size of your tooth, you can simply laser or trim away a little of the excess gums (also called “crown lengthening.”)

How It’s Done

Your dentist or a periodontist (gum specialist) will make sure that your gums are numb before operating. Within a procedure of only a few minutes, the doctor will skillfully trim off a little border of gum tissue. More recently, this process often uses laser technology for quick treatment, minimal discomfort, and faster healing.

Cosmetic Smile Enhancement Options

Gum enhancement isn’t for everyone.

You may find that some areas of your mouth will benefit from gum therapy while others need enhancements to the teeth themselves. When most patients design their smile makeovers, they plan to incorporate many different elements of treatment.

Your smile plan might include a variety of procedures such as:

With the advice of a professional like a dentist or periodontist, you may find that there’s no need at all to treat your teeth. Just a little gum surgery could do the trick!

To find the combination that’s right for your smile, schedule a consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979


Benefits to Gingival Recontouring

Gingival recontouring involves reshaping the gum tissues. It can be done a few different ways, some involving simple laser procedures or others with a more surgical approach. Once completed, recontouring of the gums can have a significant impact on the health and appearance of your smile.

Here are a few reasons why your dentist might recommend gum recontouring:

Aesthetics and Smile Makeovers

If your gums are bulky looking or uneven, it can take away from the appearance of your smile. It may even make your teeth look lopsided, short, or unusual. Adjusting the margins of the gumlines can expose more enamel surface and help your smile look fuller. In fact, it can change your smile’s appearance without even having treatments like veneers or crowns!

Oral Health

Unhealthy gum tissues can sometimes appear bulky, excessive, or have deep pockets that are impossible to keep clean. Adjusting the gumlines to shorten the pocket depth can make it easier for you to keep your smile free of bacteria.

Certain types of medication can also cause an overgrowth of tissues, such as those taken for blood pressure. Although infection may not necessarily be a problem, bulkier gum tissues may make flossing or brushing more difficult.

Restorative Treatments

Do you need a crown or filling that extends closely to the gumline? If gum tissues overlap the area that needs to be restored, a routine restoration isn’t going to work. You need to have the tissue adjusted so that the margin of the new restoration will not extend under the gumlines (otherwise it will cause irritation or swelling.) Lengthening the tooth by altering the gumline is usually the answer.

Want to find out more about gum recontouring or crown lengthening? Call your dentist to see if either option is right for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955 


Getting Rid of a Gummy Smile

What do you see when you smile? Do you see beautiful teeth, or are they overpowered by a large amount of gum tissue instead? Gummy smiles can come from a variety of things including natural anatomy, excess gingival tissue, or even shortened teeth. Thankfully your dentist has a few things that can help you when it comes to helping your smile look fuller and natural.

Gingival Recontouring

Uneven or irregular gum tissue can make your teeth look shorter or uneven. Using minimally invasive techniques or even soft tissue lasers, your dentist can help create a brand new gumline contour that allows your gum tissue to be shortened. This exposes more tooth enamel so that your smile looks natural without any other type of treatment. 

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is often used in conjunction with other types of therapies such as periodontal procedures, crowns or even veneers. By lengthening the crown, the teeth are fuller and have more surface area exposed instead of being covered by the gum tissues. This process is often used to help restore and improve the health of teeth that have other conditions. 

Oral Surgery

Depending on the extent of your excessive tissue, your gummy smile may be attributed to anatomical structures including the formation of your jaws. A skilled oral surgeon can help you decide how best to address this concern so that when you smile, your lips expose your teeth instead of the tissues above it.

Which option is best for you? During your routine dental exam you can discuss your options with your dentist to find out what type of procedures can naturally enhance your smile and improve your appearance. Schedule your biannual preventive visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123


Crown Lengthening Helps Fight Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is causes deep pockets underneath the gum tissue around the teeth. When pockets deepen, the bone around the tooth slowly goes away at the same time. Regular flossing can keep a healthy pocket clean, but deep pockets are inaccessible with floss, allowing the infection to worsen to the point that the stability of the tooth becomes a concern. Severe gum disease eventually leads to tooth mobility and the tooth can even fall out. In fact, gum disease causes more people to lose their teeth than any other dental condition (including tooth decay.)

When the pockets around the teeth become shallower, oral hygiene routines such as flossing are able to clean them efficiently. One of the ways to achieve a shallower pocket is by performing a procedure called crown lengthening. Crown lengthening removes diseased gum tissue and creates a new contour along the gumlines, exposing more tooth surface and making oral hygiene easier to complete each day.

Crown lengthening can be done either surgically or through soft tissue laser therapy. It is also sometimes used when teeth need to be restored but do not have enough visible tooth structure above the gumlines. The recovery will vary from patient to patient, depending on the method of treatment that is used.

If you’re serious about keeping your teeth as long as possible, but find it impossible to clean areas of moderate to severe gum disease, then crown lengthening may be an option for you. See your dentist for an exam and periodontal screening to discuss therapies such as crown lengthening in combination with other perio treatments to improve your risk of success.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979


Laser Gum Recontouring

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Do uneven gumlines or “gummy” smiles make you feel self conscious about the way your smile looks? If so, you’re not alone. Uneven gum tissues can make your teeth look disproportionate, short, or like you have more gum tissue than teeth. In the past, it took invasive surgical measures to recontour the gumlines, leaving patients with a recovery time of 10-14 days after their procedure. Now there’s a new way to recontour gum tissues – one that takes just minutes and has little to no recovery time!

Laser gum recontouring uses soft tissue laser technology that can be used to change the contour of your natural gum tissue. Instead of surgical methods, this laser gently reshapes the edges of your gums with no or minimal discomfort. Recontouring can be performed on just certain concerned teeth, or to reshape your entire smile! The entire procedure takes just a few minutes to complete, leaving you with dramatic results! What was once an invasive procedure to have completed is now a simple, non-invasive treatment that can be completed any day of the week. You can even return back to work or school the very same day.

Gum recontouring is a wonderful way to enhance your cosmetic dental treatments or just to improve the natural appearance of your teeth. Thanks to laser technology, you can affordably and comfortably change your smile into one that you can be proud of showing off.

Is gum recontouring right for you? Ask your dentist about the types of laser technology that they use and whether or not you’re a candidate for the procedure. Transform your smile in one quick, easy visit!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618


What is Gum Pocket Surgery?

Posted in Gum Disease

Sometimes traditional periodontal disease treatment isn’t enough for some people to regain control of their oral health. In some cases, the pockets beneath their gums are so deep that it’s impossible to practice daily plaque removal of all areas. Even a slight bacterial presence of plaque and tartar can keep a diseased area from reversing. As a result, the process becomes more advanced, and further gum and bone loss occurs, compromising the health and stability of the teeth.

Gum pocket surgery is also known as pocket elimination surgery or crown lengthening. The surgery removes excessive diseased pocket tissue so that the area has a much shallower pocket. As a result, the patient can better clean the area on a daily basis, preventing plaque and tartar deposits from causing additional damage. By performing the procedure, patients can gain control over their oral health and extend the life of teeth that are affected by the disease. Combined with routine preventive care visits with your dentist, patients that receive gum pocket surgery are likely to experience better gum health than if they had not undergone the surgical treatment.

Healthy gum pockets range from 0-3 millimeters deep around each tooth. When gum disease is present, pocket areas become deeper due to loss of healthy attachment tissue. When pockets become deeper than 6mm, they are difficult to improve, even with routine cleanings. Gum pocket surgery shortens the pockets back to a healthier depth, so that flossing, brushing or water flossing can clean the area effectively each day. When cleaned thoroughly, the disease process reverses and prevents future loss of support. If you have battled gum disease and it seems as if nothing you are doing is helping to improve the cycle, ask your dentist about surgical options that can shorten your pocket depths.

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics



What is Crown Lengthening?

The area around the teeth and under the detached gum tissue is referred to as a gingival pocket. When chronic gum disease and bone loss are present, these pockets harbor disease bacteria, further complicating the disease condition. In some cases the pocket is so deep that normal brushing and flossing is not even effective. This allows the condition to worsen, and can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

Gum Disease Management

In order to reduce the depth of the pocket, crown lengthening may be performed. Simply put, crown lengthening is removing excess gum tissue from around the tooth, lengthening the appearance of the crown (the part that shows above the gums) and shortening the depth of the gingival pocket. This allows oral hygiene and disease management to be more efficient

As an Aesthetic Procedure

Crown lengthening is also sometimes referred to as gingival recontouring. Recontouring is typically used for aesthetic improvements to reduce the appearance of gummy smiles, or irregularly shaped, uneven gumlines. Sometimes lengthening is a necessary part of smile-makeovers to allow for optimal fabrication of dental porcelain veneers or crowns. It allows more tooth enamel to show, creating a beautiful, even smile. Recontouring is minimally invasive and a relatively short procedure which requires only a small amount of desensitizing to be performed.

In Restorative Therapy

Having enough tooth structure present is important in order to place restorative treatments such as crowns. If a tooth has broken down to the point where there is not enough crown structure left to restore, it may be appropriate to expose a portion of the tooth through crown lengthening. This allows crowns to have a stable foundation in order to withstand normal functions.

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