Your gums don’t get as much glory as straight, white teeth do, but symmetrical gums in the proper proportions provide an essential frame for your smile. If you have a “gummy” smile or receding gums, certain periodontal treatments can enhance your smile’s aesthetics.
Crown lengthening can remove excess gum tissue that creates that “gummy” look in your smile. Some surrounding bone tissue may also be removed, if necessary. The periodontist can re-contour your gums to expose more of the tooth’s enamel and bring more balance to the smile.
Crown lengthening is a very popular treatment. In fact, it’s one of the most commonly performed periodontal procedures in patients younger than 50 years old.
Crown lengthening can remove excess gum tissue that creates that “gummy” look in your smile.
While excess gum tissue is one problem that can detract from your smile, inadequate gum tissue also is problematic. When too much tooth material is exposed, you can look older than your chronological age. If your gums have receded significantly, your periodontist can perform a gum graft to supplement that tissue.
Another risk associated with gum recession is increased tooth sensitivity, as the roots of the teeth can be exposed as a result of receding gums. In such cases, a minimally invasive gum graft can provide supplemental gum tissue at the targeted site. Not only can a gum graft enhance your smile, it can also reduce any tooth sensitivity.
Both of the cosmetic procedures described above can be performed in a small area, such as the gumline above one or two teeth, or for an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. Additionally, these procedures are typically performed in an outpatient setting, and most patients will be able to resume their normal routines in a matter of days.
If too much (or too little) gum tissue has caused you to repeatedly try to hide your smile, take steps to learn more about the cosmetic periodontal procedures that can address these problems. Consult with our periodontal specialists to get more information on the interventions that can help you flash your smile with confidence!