Gum Disease - "Long-in-the-tooth" look, Excess Gum Growth, Gum Lift
This sweet lady had many bad experiences in dental offices as she grew up. Unfortunately, her advanced gum disease was creating a "long-in-the-tooth" look. Many teeth had chipped from night grinding and she had been told she was going to loose a front tooth. The more she delayed the worse her dental condition became. She was very reluctant to get care but a trusted friend encouraged her to drive up from Chicago to get help from her dentist (Dr. Fondriest) who specializes in doing this type of prosthodontic dentistry. This patient's dream was to keep her teeth and not have to worry about her smile again.
Example of "Prosthodontic Dentistry" or "Full Mouth reconstruction" and Gum Lift
This patient required gum surgery to treat the gum disease, a gum lift to get rid of the gummy smile, an implant to replace her right lateral incisor (a tooth colored zirconium implant abutment was used to camoflage the dark "titanium metal implant" from showing through the thin and translucent gum tissue), and nine porcelain crowns to improve alignment of her front teeth and to make them look brighter and more natural. Now she plans to have her bottom teeth done!
Why Prosthodontics Successfully Corrects Extreme Gum Growth
Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry that addresses missing, or damaged teeth, as well as treating imbalanced facial structures. One of the most prevalent issues many individuals face is that of excessive or uneven gum growth. At Lake Forest Dental Arts in Chicago, IL, Dr. James Fondriest provides complete prosthodontic treatments that will usually address the problem of a “gummy smile”.
In addition to a gum lift, which eliminates excessive gum tissue, custom restorations may be added to achieve optimal balance and symmetry.
Reasons for Overgrowth of Gums
While poor dental hygiene may be a contributing factor of gum overgrowth, there are other reasons. Those reasons include:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Hormonal changes
Benefits of Prosthodontics for Excessive Gum Growth
Prosthodontic treatments can have a lasting positive impact on addressing gum growth. Some of those benefits include:
- Treatment from a specialized professional
- A thorough examination of gums and teeth
- Comprehensive care, that addresses health issues and problematic gum growth
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
If you would like to learn more about treating your excessive gum growth with a prosthodontic procedure at our Chicago, IL practice, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling 847-234-0517. We look forward to providing you with specialized care.