Many people don’t realize how important the gums are to the appearance of their smile. Some patients have too much gum tissue covering their teeth, resulting in a “gummy smile”. Another cause for a gummy smile could be teeth that have worn down, making them appear short or flat.
Correcting a “gummy smile” is considered a cosmetic procedure and is more for patients who are unhappy with their smile. When a gum lift is done in a non-aesthetic zone and for functional purposes, it is typically called a crown lengthening procedure. Sometimes dentists perform a crown lengthening to prepare a tooth for a dental crown. If a tooth breaks off at the gum line or if a filling falls out with decay underneath, a dentist will need to expose more of the tooth in order to fix it.
A gum lift is a cosmetic procedure that involves remodeling the gums to remove excess gum tissue and expose more of the teeth. Sometimes some of the underlying bone is also removed to help expose more of the tooth. It is a fairly simple and common surgical procedure that Dr. Dean will do at his Plano, TX periodontist office. Dr. D Bradley Dean is a periodontist in Plano, TX that offers treatment options for these patients to improve the appearance of their smile and restore their mouth to proper health and balance.
Gum Lift & Crown Lengthening: What to Expect
The first thing you will need to do is schedule a consultation with Dr. Dean so he can thoroughly examine your oral health, medical history and x-rays. He may recommend that you get a teeth cleaning before the procedure
The next appointment will be your surgery. Dr. Dean will use local anesthesia for your comfort. The time your surgery takes will depend on how many teeth you will have treated. Even if Dr. Dean is only treating one tooth, he will typically also treat the adjacent teeth so the gums are reshaped gradually. If both tissue and bone is removed, that will increase the length of surgery.
Dr. Dean will make a small incision around the soft tissue in order to separate the gums from the teeth. This will give him access to the roots and bone. Some of the time, he will only need to cut away a small amount of tissue to provide enough tooth exposure. Other times, he may need to remove a small amount of bone. After the procedure, your teeth will appear instantly longer.
If the teeth are worn by teeth grinding or other dental problems, Dr. Dean can work with your general dentist to apply restorations such as veneers, dental crowns or tooth bonding to increase length and improve symmetry of teeth.
Schedule a consultation
If you are searching for a periodontist to treat your gummy smile with a gum lift in the Dallas County TX area, contact the office of Dr. D. Bradley Dean today. Schedule a consultation online to learn more about the gum lift and crown lengthening procedure.