Gummy Smile Correction – Edison, NJ
Create the Perfect Frame for Your Smile
While the teeth are the primary feature of an attractive smile, the size and shape of your gums can also play a big role in your overall facial aesthetics. If you have excessive or uneven gum tissue, you may have what is commonly known as a “gummy smile” in Edison. Conversely, if your gums have receded, your teeth may appear unusually long. A gum recontouring procedure may be just what you need to address these issues and achieve your ideal look.
Why Choose Edison Prosthodontics for Gummy Smile Correction?
- Lasers Contribute to Precise, Comfortable Treatment
- Highly Trained Dental Team
- Long-Lasting Results
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
If your teeth appear short or stubby, excess gum tissue may be to blame. To correct this issue, Dr. Shah may perform esthetic crown lengthening. During the procedure, he uses a soft tissue laser to trim the gums, thus creating a more appealing gumline and making your teeth appear longer. He may also trim the bone around a tooth. A similar procedure, which does not involve modification to the bone, is called a gingivectomy.
Crown lengthening may be used as a standalone cosmetic treatment. However, it is often used in conjunction with other procedures. For example, it might be necessary to expose more of your teeth’s structure before you can qualify for dental veneers or crowns.
Esthetic Gum Augmentation
After a tooth is extracted, an empty socket is left behind. In most cases, bone and tissue fill the socket. In other cases, however, the bone around the socket doesn’t heal as expected, leaving an unsightly dent or dip in the gums. In order to fill the extra space, a prosthodontist might have to create a restoration that is disproportionately large compared to the surrounding teeth.
A gum augmentation surgery (also known as ridge augmentation) can address this issue. During the procedure, which may happen during the same appointment as the tooth extraction, Dr. Shah builds up the tissue at the site of the missing tooth in order to restore a natural-looking gumline.
Root Coverage Grafting
Advancing age, gum disease, genetics, or other factors can cause the gums to recede, making the teeth appear unattractively long. Additionally, the farther the gums shrink back, the higher the risk that their exposed roots will cause you to suffer from significant dental sensitivity and other oral health issues.
A gum graft, also called a gingival graft or root coverage graft, might be just what you need. Using tissue from another place in your mouth or a donor, Dr. Shah can build up your gums to cover the exposed tooth roots. The result is that you can enjoy a more attractive smile and improved oral health.
Learn More About Gummy Smile Correction
Dr. Shah performs all gum surgeries with patient comfort as a top priority, and he employs state-of-the-art technology to produce optimum results. If your gumline is getting you down, contact our team to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you!