Achieve a More Attractive Smile (And It’s About More Than Your Teeth)

Aug 19, 2016

“In a perfect world…” That phrase often precedes a statement intended to give the impression that something is considered unlikely or out-of-reach.

Your teeth and gums are designed to work together. It’s not a “perfect-world” scenario rather it’s a reality you might not think possible if you’re one whose gums show up before your teeth do.

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How so?

It’s a condition often referred to as a “gummy smile.” This means the upper portion of your teeth are covered by an excessive amount of gum tissue.

Perfect harmony

Your teeth and gums should compliment each other. There’s a visual symmetry that is attractive and healthy.

Gum tissue is vulnerable to infection. Oral bacteria thrive beneath it and untreated can cause tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

It’s essential to control bacterial growth with routine teeth cleanings that also treat your gums. Repairing damaged or diseased gum tissue is also necessary to reduce your risk of future gum related problems.

Consider it a “lift”

Esthetic crown lengthening is a procedure that removes excess gum tissue. In a way, it’s a gum “lift.”

The treatment removes the gum tissue that covers the upper portion of your tooth structure. The tissue is removed and on occasion a portion of your bone is also removed.

The goal is to expose more of your natural tooth surface. Your smile will be more symmetrical and appealing.

The benefits extend to the overall health of your teeth and gums. Again, a proper amount of gum tissue helps control your risk of gum disease by reducing the area that bacteria thrive in.

Your crown lengthening procedure can often be completed in a single, in-office appointment. A local anesthetic keeps you comfortable as the gum tissue is removed from your tooth surfaces.

A follow-up appointment within two weeks of the procedure is necessary. Any sutures will be removed and your tissue healing will be evaluated.

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Expect your health and smile enhancement to be completely healed within two to three months.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your gum damage or your questions about treatment for a “gummy smile.” Schedule an examination to discuss your treatment solution.

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