Short teeth, stubby teeth, a gummy smile, whatever you call excessive gingival display, it makes a person self-conscious about smiling. About 14% of women and 7% of men have excessive gums. Several factors lead to a gummy smile, but one solution corrects nearly all of them: gum recontouring. What is this procedure and how will it improve your smile? In this article, Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest explains gum recontouring and its potential effects on the appearance of your smile.
Also called a gum lift, gum recontouring removes excess gum tissue to show more of your teeth. Dr. Fondriest will create a precise plan for your smile, then oversee the gum lift, which a periodontist will perform. To begin this procedure, Dr. Fondriest will trace the new gumline on gum tissue, so you can see the amount of excessive gum tissue you will lose. You may not feel much of the procedure after you receive local anesthetic. The periodontist will reshape your gums using a laser, radiosurgery, or scalpels. A gum lift can take as little as a few days to heal. Until your gums fully recover from gum recontouring, eat soft foods and avoid consuming hot beverages and spicy foods.
Correct a Gummy Smile | Gum Lift Corrections
Gum recontouring corrects give the appearance of lifted gums by correcting one of the many causes of excessive gums. Here are just two problems a gum lift can solve:
- Altered Active Eruption: This occurs when teeth grow normally but gums and bone cover them excessively. Simply put, an altered active eruption defines a gummy smile.
- Super-eruption from Bruxism: The position of teeth waxes and wanes depending on pressure put on them throughout the day. To keep contact between teeth despite constant changes, super-eruption causes upper teeth to move down so teeth still touch. Sometimes, super-erupted front teeth bring gum tissue down with them, causing a gummy smile. Teeth grinding (bruxism) can eventually erode teeth, causing them to shorten. In this case, a cosmetic solution to lengthen teeth, like porcelain veneers, provides a permanent correction.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Talk to Dr. Fondriest about the cause of and treatment for your gummy smile. With a respected periodontist, he can remove excessive gums and beautify your smile. Call (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment at our 60045 dentist office.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States