Excessive gum tissue might not be even a fleeting concern to you unless you actually have the cosmetic problem. Often referred to as a “gummy” smile, if the frame of your smile is off kilter, askew, or abnormal in appearance because your gums are simply overgrown, you may avoid smiling at all costs. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to gummy smiles, and it’s called gum recontouring. Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, will explain how gum recontouring can compel you to stop smiling with your mouth closed and beam your grin brightly for the world to see.
Will Gum Recontouring improve a gummy smile?
Reasons that someone might have excessive gum tissue usually boil down to a few causes. One is called altered active eruption. The crux of this issue is that your teeth grow normally but your gum tissue and bone covers them. Another issue is called super-eruption. People that suffer from teeth grinding put pressure on their teeth which can slightly alter their position at different points throughout your day. To respond to this, your body pushes your upper teeth down so that top and bottom teeth are still making contact. Gum tissue doesn’t want to be left behind, so super-erupted front teeth sometimes result in a gummy smile. And sometimes people are simply born with more gum tissue than they need.
Giving Your Gums a Lift
You may also know gum recontouring as a gum lift. Excess gum tissue can make your teeth appear small or uneven. In order to provide a cohesive look, your Lake Forest dentist will examine you and record your measurements. Pictures and impressions may also be taken. When your procedure appointment arrives, your gumline will be marked so that just the right amount of tissue can be removed. Local anesthetic will make you completely numb to the reshaping of your gums. Different options are available to implement a gum lift but lasers have gained much popularity over the years due to the fact that they close the tissue as they remove it, eliminating the need for sutures.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Talk to Dr. Fondriest about the cause of and treatment for your gummy smile. Call (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment at our office.
Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States