Gummy Smile? Your Lake Forest Dentist Can Help

When most people consider the notion of enhancing their smiles, braces typically come to mind first and foremost. However, for some folks, crooked or misshapen teeth have nothing to do with hindering their smile’s full potential. Approximately seven percent of men and 14 percent of women suffer from what doctors refer to as “excessive gingival display,” more commonly called a “gummy smile.” Today, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. Fondriest , discusses what you can do to correct an excessively gummy smile.

Procedures To Cure The Gummy Smile

Cosmetic surgery has gained considerable popularity over the years and shows no signs of slowing down. More and more dentists are beginning to offer the latest in smile restoration technology. Many celebrities are fueling this popularity. Ben Affleck, Demi Moore, and LeAnn Rimes, to name a few, have all improved their smiles considerably thanks to cosmetic surgery. Here’s a look at two unique procedures that can correct your gumline and greatly improve your smile.

Gummy smile

When a surplus of gum shows in a normal smile, it is called a gummy smile. Circumstances such as this can be corrected, sometimes very easily.

Gum Lift

A Gingivectomy, also known as a “gum lift,” is a procedure done by your dentist to reshape the gums. Common factors for excessive gingival display include  gums that didn’t recede properly after your adult teeth erupted.

Crown Lengthening

Often confused with a gum lift, crown lengthening works to the same end, but with a different approach.  The best way to separate the two is to consider that a gum lift works to correct an overabundance of gum tissue; a crown lengthening procedure focuses on correcting the proportions of teeth that are too short.

Call Today to Schedule An Appointment

If you would like more information about a gum lift or crown lengthening, contact Lake Forest Dental Arts to set up a consultation with Dr. Fondriest today. To schedule an appointment, call our Lake Forest dentist at 847-234-0517. We proudly serve patients from Lake Forest as well as surrounding communities.

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