A smile is one of the first things we notice about each other, making it a vital part of our overall appearance. But what happens when a smile begins to change over the years, especially when the smile becomes more gum tissue than teeth? This may seem like an embarrassing problem, but many people struggle with “gummy” smiles. Thankfully, modern dentistry means you don’t have to settle for a less-than-stellar smile. Gum lifts allow patients to create more symmetrical and stronger smiles. But first understanding the cause of the overgrowth is key to maintaining a lovely smile.
Why has my smile changed?
- Prescription medication is a frequent cause of gum overgrowth, which is called gingival overgrowth.
- Pregnancy, like puberty, and other times of drastic hormonal changes can also affect a person’s gum health and growth.
- Inflammation, like is often found in patients with gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, can also make the gums appear larger over time.
What should I do?
We can help determine both the cause of the overgrowth, and whether or not a gum lift would be appropriate. If a patient is a good candidate for a gum lift, then we will reduce the overgrowth while sculpting the tissue to create the appearance of longer and more symmetrical teeth.
While a gum lift can drastically improve the appearance of the smile, diagnosing the cause of the gum growth, and addressing it, is crucial to ensuring the results of any cosmetic procedures are long-lasting. In some cases, we may refer you to a medical doctor to review the medications that may be causing the overgrowth, or to a periodontist, or gum specialist, for further consultation.
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Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.