Recession making your teeth appear too long?
Bothered by a gummy smile and high lip line?
Cosmetic Gum treatments are the answer you've been looking for!
Many people are unhappy with their smile as their gums can rest in a position that is too high or too low with their teeth. If this is something which causes you concern you might be an ideal candidate for cosmetic gum sculpting surgery.
If you think your teeth might be too short known as having a gummy smile, they might actually be the right length but covered with too much gum tissue. Gums which cover large areas of your teeth can make your teeth look small and usually result from genetics, health problem, or taking certain prescription medications. We can reposition the gum using a local anaesthetic in just one visit. You will leave with a beautiful smile, normal contours, and the lengths of both teeth and gums in harmony.
If you feel that your gums look too high and make your teeth appear long this is often caused by gum recession, a condition in which gum tissue pulls back from the tooth and exposes the tooth’s root. Recession can make your teeth look long, as well as lead to serious dental problems such as decay and tooth loss. Exposed roots can be very distressing for some people not just because of the unsightly appearance but because they can be extremely sensitive to temperature as well as certain foods. Receding gums happen very slowly and are virtually impossible to detect in typical day to day observations. Usually, by the time a patient realises that their gums have receded, it is already too late.
We can rebuild the lost gum tissue by taking a small graft from elsewhere in the mouth or by using a regenerative tissue matrix called Alloderm and transplanting this onto the affected sites. This treatment is carried out under a local anaesthetic, and the results look superb after a short healing period.
There are many reasons why gums might recede:
Brushing to hard
Naturally thin gum tissues
Why is it best to have thick gums than thin?
Thick gum tissue is critical to maintaining a healthy gum line and mouth. It makes your gums more resistant to recession over time, and it is more comfortable to brush.
Stops or reduced tooth sensitivity
Protects again tooth decay
Better implant results
How can I stop or reduce gum recession in the future?
Always use a soft toothbrush.
Avoid abrasive toothpaste
Gummy Smile & Gum Contouring
Contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is a cosmetic form of dental treatment used to improve the general look of a person's teeth. It is mainly used in cases where someone has a 'gummy smile.' A gummy smile means that there is too much gum covering the front of the teeth, leaving them looking too short.
Gummy Smile can be caused by genetics, health conditions or sometimes as a result of certain blood pressure prescriptions and can have a massive impact on a persons self-confidence and many do not like to smile in public. Thankfully, gum contouring is a dental treatment which is painless and able to solve the problem of 'gummy smile' through a quick and painless procedure.
Why do I need soft tissue grafting?
Soft Tissue Grafting is recommended when you have gum recession that has left the root of a tooth exposed, or you're at risk of root exposure due to recession. Soft Tissue Grafting is a common procedure that is intended to recreate your gum line and prevent further deterioration of the gums, while enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Gum recession can be caused by:
Gum tissue that is naturally thin
Previous orthodontic treatments
Previous tooth loss
What are the potential benefits of soft tissue grafting?
For decades, Soft Tissue Grafting has been an effective method for repairing and recreating lost gum tissue. Over time, techniques and materials have steadily improved, limiting the need to take tissue from another part of your mouth.
Why is thick tissue better than thin?
Thick gum tissue is critical to maintaining a healthy gum line and mouth. It makes your gums more resistant to recession over time and it is more comfortable to brush. Additionally, thick gum tissue is important for achieving aesthetic results. Thick tissue helps to ensure that the metal portion of the implant does not show through and create a darker appearance in the implant area.
Additional potential benefits may include:
Prevention or reduction of sensitivity by covering the exposed root
Protection from future cavities
Symmetry in your gum line, creating an improved smile
Creation of a suitable environment for implant placement
What can I expect from a soft tissue grafting procedure?
Prior to your procedure, your doctor will go over any pre-operative instructions you should follow, as well as any specifics about the surgical process. The following general steps may be included:
A local anaesthetic is applied to the grafting site.
The existing gum tissue is loosened to make room for the tissue graft.
The grafting material is placed under the gum tissue at the grafting site and stabilized with a protective covering.
The area is sutured—stitches will either dissolve or be removed by your doctor in 7 to 21 days.
Allow a few weeks to a few months for healing depending on your doctor's recommendation.
How can I reduce the risk of gum recession in the future?
There are several ways you can help to maintain your gum line and the health of your gums.
Use a soft toothbrush
Avoid abrasive toothpastes
Ask your doctor or dental hygienist to advise you on proper brushing techniques
The importance of gum tissue, and bringing it back to life
Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from disease and helps produce a great smile. However, when you experience gum tissue loss around your teeth, it can be the beginning of serious oral health problems. Fortunately, we can now perform a predictable procedure for reversing this tissue loss. In the past, this procedure has required that a piece of tissue be harvested from the roof of the mouth to serve as the graft material. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough tissue available, or wants to have tissue taken from this sensitive area. Now, however, you have a choice.
Since its introduction to dentistry in 1994, AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix has been a widely accepted acellular dermal matrix (ADM) for soft tissue applications. AlloDerm supports tissue regeneration by allowing rapid revascularization, white cell migration and cell population - ultimately being transformed into host tissue for a strong, natural repair.
Soft tissue ridge augmentation
Soft tissue augmentation around implants
AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix
AlloDerm provides the missing components needed to restore health to damaged or receding tissue. It leads to fast healing with no second surgical site, and delivers great cosmetic results.
How does AlloDerm work?
AlloDerm provides the collagen, structure and proteins that help your body's own tissue grow and remodel. The collagen serves as a scaffold into which your cells can grow. The proteins act as recruiters, drawing your cells into the graft, and telling them how to remodel it.
What happens to the AlloDerm during the healing process?
As the body's natural processes take over, your own cells move into the AlloDerm. Over time, your cells transform the AlloDerm into your own healthy gum tissue. Once recovery is complete, you won't be able to tell the AlloDerm was ever there.
Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is a cosmetic form of dental treatment used to improve the general look of a person's teeth. It is primarily used in cases where the individual has what is commonly known as 'gummy smile'. This is a condition in which the gums cover too much of the teeth, usually the front teeth, and this can leave the length of the teeth looking too short, which can affect a person's general desire to smile.
Such a condition may be caused due to genetics, health circumstances or as a result of certain high blood pressure prescriptions. This can have an affect on an individual's self-confidence and may see them do their best not to smile in public. Thankfully, gum contouring is a dental treatment which is painless and able to solve the problem of 'gummy smile' through quick and painless treatment.
What is 'gummy smile'?
A gummy smile is only considered so when there is a high percentage of gum covering a person's front teeth. Such a condition can cause a person's self-esteem to plummet and can make the process of smiling an unappealing one. This is a condition that mainly affects the front teeth but can also shape other teeth out of sight. 'Gummy smile' is not so much a medical dilemma but is more of an aesthetic problem. It can however have a negative affect on an individual's self-confidence, affecting their mental welfare, which is why gum contouring is such an important dental treatment.
What is gum contouring?
Gum contouring is a procedure which is most commonly done through the use of a scalpel. However, technological advances have seen special laser devices emerging in the treatment of 'gummy smile'. The scalpel or laser will be used to trim away at any excessive gum overlying the teeth. This is a quick and often painless treatment. Along with the use of crowns and veneers after the treatment is complete, gum contouring is a simple procedure that can easily remedy 'gummy smile'.
What does the gum contouring procedure involve?
To begin with a local anaesthetic is used to take away feeling from the area where the procedure is to commence. The scalpel or laser device will then be used to trim away at the excessive gum that is covering the front teeth. As well as cutting away at the gum, the dental practitioner will also work to reshape the gum that is to remain in place.
There are certain instances in which the removal and reshaping of the gum is not enough. If this is the case then the dental practitioner may need to remove some of the bone in which the teeth are rooted. This will be down to the judgement of the dental practitioner, should they think the gum will reform too far down on the teeth. This may seem more daunting to some than the mere removal of excessive gum, but it is just as simple a procedure. Once treatment is complete you may be prescribed with veneers or crowns to help improve the look of your smile.
Benefits and risks of gum contouring
This is a treatment that can work a treat to improve your smile and self-confidence. However, as with most procedures that involve cutting into tissue and bone there are certain risks involved.
The healing process is quick and simple.
This is a relatively painless procedure. You will be unable to feel anything during the procedure due to the local anaesthetic.
There may be the need to remove bone to improve the look of your teeth. This is a simple procedure.
The removal of too much gum can make it difficult for the designated area to heal properly. This can lead to swelling and may need to be corrected through further treatment.