Correcting our smiles has become increasingly more accepted for patients thanks to popular reality shows that focus on dramatic smile makeovers. Patients in San Ramon are beginning to understand how easy it is to create their ideal smiles with the available periodontal solutions.
We are often asked questions about what a periodontist can accomplish at Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, and many patients are surprised at all the smile correction solutions we provide.
What is a ‘Gummy Smile’?
One popular cosmetic procedure is “gummy smile” treatment or correction. A gummy smile occurs when a large section of gums appears when the patient smiles or laughs. In some cases, there will be more gum area visible than teeth. Many patients complain about their gummy smiles because they are self-conscious of their prominent gums and small teeth. Generally, this smile comes from genetics, which causes the typical gum development to stop early, leaving teeth shorter than they should be.
While this is a matter of perception, a smile can look ‘gummy’ when the proportions of teeth, gum tissues and the upper jaw are not in harmony with each other. Many people are not aware that there are options for correcting or altering the appearance of an excessively gummy smile.
The appearance of a gummy smile can be caused by a combination of:
- The amount of gum tissue display
- The size and shape of the teeth
- The length and the degree of movement of the upper lip
- The vertical position of the upper jaw and teeth in relationship to the skull
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening San Ramon
In order to fix a gummy smile, Aesthetic Crown Lengthening and is performed to improve the cosmetics of the smile. In order to get a proper sense of the amount of time the procedure would take, you’d need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaeley, to determine the cause of the appearance.
A gummy smile correction can be treated by crown lengthening at Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Crown lengthening is a procedure that exposes more of the tooth by removing excess tissue and/or bone to create a new gum-to–tooth relationship. It can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or all of the teeth.
Crown lengthening is done using local anesthesia. The length of the procedure will depend on the number of teeth that need treatment. Even if only one tooth is involved, crown lengthening typically includes neighboring teeth, too. That allows the tissues to be reshaped gradually. If both bone and soft tissue need to be removed, the procedure will take longer.
Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry will make cuts that will pull the gums away from the teeth. This will expose the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. Then she will remove the amount of gum tissue necessary to give the proper aesthetic. Once the procedure is completed, sutures will be placed and weekly follow up visits will follow until healing has occurred.
Periodontal treatment for gummy smiles at Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry has come a long way in providing smile correction. Patients at Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry are able to benefit greatly by taking advantage of gummy smile treatment and other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
For more information on crown lengthening or to book an appointment, Contact the expert team at Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in San Ramon, CA at (925) 860-7071.