Dental Tips Blog

Jan
8

Do You Need Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a procedure done to make your tooth look longer. It usually involves surgically removing some of the gum and bone tissue around a tooth to expose more of it.

Why might you need crown lengthening?

Cosmetic Smile Enhancement with Crown Lengthening (Gum Recontouring)

There are many people who hate having a “gummy” smile. They wish their teeth were a little longer so that they didn’t have to keep hiding them in photos.

Do you feel the same way?

Crown lengthening can remove just enough gum tissue to balance out your smile and make all of you teeth look to be an even length. You can have the procedure done to just one tooth or to several at once.

You can even combine crown lengthening with another cosmetic procedure for the best effect. For example, your dentist may trim down your gums to an extent and then place a veneer to perfect your smile’s appearance.

Crown Lengthening for Dental Crown Placement

Sometimes, a tooth in need of a dental crown doesn’t have enough base to retain the cap. This could happen when a tooth fractures close to the gum line or has a large cavity.

Crown lengthening will essentially reduce the level of gums and bone surrounding the tooth root. The new dental crown can then fit over the tooth with more of a foundation for support.

Crown Lengthening and Your Smile

A crown lengthening procedure could either be a necessary step in repairing your tooth or an elective treatment to improve the look of your smile. It’s also used in some gum disease treatment plans to make your mouth easier to clean.

To find out whether it’s the right procedure for you, contact your local dentist and ask about crown lengthening.

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

Sep
17

Health Considerations for Oral Piercings

Posted in Gum Disease

Oral jewelry may look pretty, exotic, rebellious, or tough, but it can also be dangerous.

Here are a few things you should think about before you go ahead and get your lip, cheek, chin, or tongue pierced.

Infection

Even if your piercing was done with clean equipment, it’s still a hole in your mouth. Oral injuries are risky due to the high levels of bacteria found in your mouth. These germs can trigger an infection in a new piercing or an old one if it’s not kept clean.

Cleaning

Too many people neglect their piercings, not realizing how dirty they can get. You may find it’s a pain to regularly clean your accessory and make sure the pierced area is free of foreign debris.

Allergic Reaction

It’s one thing to have your earlobe swell up from a cheap piece of jewelry. But getting a tongue piercing is a bad time to discover you have an allergy. If your tongue or throat tissues swell up, you may have difficulty breathing and face a medical emergency.

Gum Recession

If a piercing constantly chafes against your gums when your cheeks or tongue move, that can trigger gums to recede. Sensitive tooth roots can be exposed to decay and require treatment such as gum grafts or gum recontouring.

Swallowing Risk

There’s always the chance that something doesn’t get screwed in right, and you accidentally swallow something sharp!

Before you get an oral piercing, carefully think about this: whether making a personal statement is worth destroying a free and healthy channel of expressing yourself – your smile!

If you’ve already made up your mind, talk to your dentist about how to safely care for the area to reduce your risk of gum damage and infection.

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

 

Feb
11

5 Ways to Prevent Gum Recession and Long Teeth

Posted in Receding Gums

Long teeth are associated with things like lack of dental care or villains on horror movies. But the unfortunate reality is that many people are prone to getting longer teeth as they age.

How can you avoid the appearance of having long teeth due to a shrinking gum line?

  1. Use a softer toothbrush.

Brushing too aggressively and/or with a coarse toothbrush is a fast way to irritate your gingiva and make them shrink back. Switch to a brush with softer bristles for gentler brushing.

  1. Floss daily.

Gum disease is what causes inflammation that makes gum infected, eventually causing them to pull away from teeth. Flossing removes bacteria that causes periodontal infections. So floss every day if you want to save your smile!

  1. Irrigate your gums.

A gentle stream of water pressure can be very therapeutic for gum tissue, especially if you have trouble flossing. Water irrigators or water flossers are perfect for boosting your oral hygiene routine at home.

  1. De-stress!

Gum recession can occur in some areas as a result of teeth grinding. By addressing a teeth-clenching habit, you may slow down or even stop gum recession. Stress is often to blame for the habit, so try some relaxation techniques to soothe away the tension.

  1. See your dentist.

Your dentist is the best source of personalized advice for avoiding gum recession. He or she will keep a record of your gum measurements to watch for signs that your gums are receding.

If you have some areas where long yellow tooth roots are showing already, then your dentist will also have some tips for restoring the area.

Call your dentist today to learn more about options like gum re-contouring, gum grafting and periodontal therapy.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Nov
30

Is Gingival Recontouring Right for Me?

Posted in Periodontics

Have you ever looked at your teeth and notice that the gums are all different heights? Some may be too high, others too low. Many scenarios arise as to why this happens, but now you may be considering if cosmetic gum contouring is right for you and you want to know some options.

Reducing Gummy Smiles

A gum reduction is needed when there is too much gingival tissue covering the teeth. Your teeth may look short or uneven. Lasers are becoming increasing popular for reduction procedures, due to quick and easy recoveries. As the laser trims the tissue it is simultaneously cauterizing it, which aids the healing process. Removing excess tissue can be more satisfying to the eye, but also keeps a tooth healthier because there is less of a pocket under the gums for bacteria to accumulate.

When There Isn’t Enough Gum Tissue Present

One of the most common gum problems is called recession, when the gum is too low and teeth look long.  Gum tissue is a key structure in keeping your teeth stable and healthy. Once the gum is loss, it will not regrow on its own. A periodontist or dentist can graft new tissue either from your palate (or possibly use donor tissue depending on the scenario and location in the mouth.) Grafting isn’t a quick solution; it can be tender in the days that follow the surgery. Bruising may occur and recovery may take a bit of time to fully heal …so learning about what caused the gum to recede is essential in preventing the need for this type of gum treatment again.

Both gum recontouring procedures are equally important reasons to correct your uneven appearance. Ultimately, they will increase the longevity of your smile. Ask your dentist if you need gingival recontouring!

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

Dec
23

Tired of Your Gummy Smile?

Posted in Gum Disease

Do you see more pink than white when you smile in the mirror?
It’s fairly common to have teeth that look small in comparison with the shape of your gums.

Happily, there are ways to correct this!

Gummy Smiles: Why They Happen

One reason could simply be due to the shape of your mouth – a part of your genetics!

Certain medications like immunosuppressants and anti-epileptic medication can actually cause excessive gum growth as a side-effect.

Even the way your lips are attached to the front of your mouth affects how much of your gums are showing.

How to Correct a Gummy Smile

A very common procedure called “crown lengthening” or “gum reshaping” could be just what you need.

This procedure involves making crowns of your teeth longer. No, you can’t stretch out a tooth, but you can reduce the amount of gum tissue around the tooth.

Crown lengthening is quite often done with a laser. Excess tissue is carefully trimmed away with minimal discomfort. Healing occurs very quickly. A small bit of cosmetic gum recontouring could give your smile a complete makeover!

Is Gum Recontouring Right for You?

Gum reshaping is probably not going to be a permanent solution if your gums are growing as a result of medication use. Talk with your doctor to see if your prescription can be adjusted or changed.

It’s a good idea to correct a gummy smile, and not just for cosmetic reasons. Excess gum tissue creates deeper pockets around teeth which harbor bacteria, increasing your risk of developing gum disease.

Visit your dentist for a consultation to address any excessive tissue visibility. A healthy and more beautiful smile is closer than you may realize!

Posted on behalf of:
Ora Dentistry
2733 Elk Grove Blvd #180
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 975-1000

Sep
14

Gum Reshaping – Is It For You?

There might be something about your smile that you just can’t quite put a finger on.Tooth color? Not a concern. Tooth shape? Happy with it so far. Missing teeth? None so far! Have you ever thought about how your smile would be different if you could change the shape of your gums?

Yes, gum reshaping, or contouring, is a real thing! And it could be just the boost your smile needs.

What’s Wrong with Your Gums?

If you have complaint such as:

  • Teeth that look too big or small
  • Exposed roots
  • Excessively puffy gums
  • An uneven smile line

…then gum reshaping could change that. Gum contouring is largely a cosmetic procedure that improves the look of your smile.

How It’s Done

The actual gum surgery doesn’t usually take much time, at all. Your dentist will carefully plan in advance just how much gum tissue will be removed or adjusted. The procedure may be done with scalpels or lasers. This depends upon the practice and the nature of your treatment. Ask your dentist about what you can expect.

Gum Contouring and Your Smile Makeover

Talk with your dentist about how you can make gum reshaping a part of your next cosmetic dental treatment plan. Gum contouring is often paired with a procedure such as dental bonding or veneers to create a complete and dramatic new look.

Whether you suffer from genetic gum recession or excess gum tissue as a side effect of medication, it’s possible to correct the problem. Take the attention away from your gums and onto your balanced and radiant smile. Ask your dentist today about gum reshaping!

Posted on behalf of:
Meadowbrook Family Dental
8848 Calvine Rd #120
Elk Grove, CA 95828
(916) 912-4126

Mar
8

Treating Your Gummy Grin

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. When you grin, are you showing more gum than you’d like? Do you try to hide your smile because you’re embarrassed? You don’t have to cover that smile up any longer! There are several options to get rid of that gummy grin and give you a brilliant, confident smile.

  • Botox: It’s not just for wrinkles! Botox can relax your over-developed upper lip muscle to prevent it from exposing so much gum when you smile. Your lip will still move naturally and appear normal, but your smile won’t be gummy and you can enjoy the beautiful results for 4 to 9 months.
  • Myotomy: Permanently relax the upper lip muscle to create a smile that doesn’t show off your gums. A small incision is made inside the mouth, under local anesthesia, to surgically weaken the muscle, while maintaining natural lip movement.
  • Gingival Recontouring: Do you may have too much gum tissue? There are two procedures, that surgically sculpt your gums to correct the imbalance. Gingivectomy is a procedure that removes excess gum to reveal healthy, hidden teeth. Gingivoplasty contours and corrects the appearance of the gum around your teeth. The result is a grin that showcases your teeth and not your gums.
  • Veneers or Crowns: If your teeth are too small, your gums may be the most noticeable thing about your smile. To correct the appearance of small teeth, veneers or crowns can be applied to cosmetically increase the surface of your teeth, restoring an aesthetic balance between your teeth and gums.

Talk To Your Dentist

If your gummy grin is making you feel self-conscious, visit your dentist and find out which option is best to give you a smile you won’t hide!

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Dec
27

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 

Nov
21

Gingival Recontouring – What Is It?

You may wonder at times if there is anything you can do to improve the shape of your teeth. Perhaps you feel your teeth look uneven or too short when you smile. Cosmetic dental procedures can make an incredible difference in the way you teeth look. But did you know that you can change the shape of your gums to enhance your smile?

How It’s Done

Gingival recontouring is the surgical alteration of your gum line to ensure the gum tissue is evenly distributed to give you a natural, healthy smile. This procedure can minimally treat one tooth or it can involve an entire section of your mouth. Using the least invasive surgical techniques possible, our doctor will carefully trim away excess gum tissue to even out your smile. Depending on the extent of the surgery, complete healing may take a few days to a few weeks, but you will notice the change right away!

 The Benefits of Gingival Recontouring

Evening out your gum line is an instant and usually a permanent way to change the shape of your natural teeth. It might be easier in your case to make your teeth appear longer by reshaping the gums rather than by affixing crowns. But gingival recontouring can even be done in conjunction with other dental cosmetic procedures such as if you are interested in having veneers placed or if a crown is necessary. Gingival recontouring helps to fill in black triangles of empty space between your teeth, giving you a healthy and youthful smile.

Some gingival recontouring could make all the difference in your smile makeover. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to learn more about how reshaping your gums could give you a brand new smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Jul
24

Is Gingival Contouring Right for Me?

Posted in Periodontics

Do you struggle with a smile that looks uneven? Maybe you’ve taken very good care of your teeth, visiting your dentist regularly, flossing every day and eating foods that don’t increase your risk for tooth decay. Even though your smile is healthy, your teeth may still pose an aesthetic concern. But, is it really your teeth? It could be that your gums have a lot more to do with it!

Uneven Gum Tissues

Sometime our teeth look lopsided, short or irregularly sized due to the margins of the gumlines. It doesn’t mean that anything is wrong, it just means that one side doesn’t match the other. Adjusting the contours to look more uniform can also change the appearance of tooth size and shape.

Gummy Smiles

When you smile, do you see more gum tissues than you see teeth? Are your teeth extremely short compared to your gums? If too much gum tissues are covering your natural crowns, your smile will look “gummy.” That is, more gums show than anything else. By removing some of this excessive gum tissue, your natural tooth can be exposed the way it should be. 

Gum Disease

If you have deep pockets under your gum tissues, it could lead to frequent periodontal infections that result in red or bleeding gum tissues. To improve the health of these gums, your dentist may want to slightly adjust the gum margins so that the pockets are shallower and easier to care for.

Gingival contouring can be completed using different methods, some quicker and more comfortable than others. Changing your gumlines has a significant impact on the overall appearance of your smile without any type of dental work!

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

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