Have a gummy smile? or Feel your teeth are too long?
When you think of cosmetic dentistry, you probably think of procedures like whitening or porcelain veneers that will enhance your teeth. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about the appearance of your gums.
While the teeth are the focal point of your smile, the gums provide the frame. They can make your teeth appear long, short or uneven. Dr. Lee Sheldon combines over 30 years of experience with advanced periodontal training to enhance gum appearance. He has special expertise when it comes to fixing a gummy smile, covering exposed roots and recontouring an uneven gum line.
What we can do about a gummy smile
When your teeth appear short your smile looks “gummy.” This is most likely not because your teeth are really too short, but because they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To fix this, Dr. Sheldon performs a crown lengthening procedure in which excess gum tissue is trimmed and sculpted to frame your teeth perfectly.
Although this procedure does not actually make the crowns of your teeth longer, they will appear that way. This advanced procedure can be performed on a single tooth to even your gum line – or on many teeth to reveal a natural-looking smile.
Recontouring an uneven gum line
Gum contouring is a simple procedure in which Dr. Sheldon gently sculpts the gumline to a more beautiful shape. There are several potential causes of uneven gums, including genetics.
Any periodontal disease or other oral health problems that are present will need to be treated before, or in conjunction with, cosmetic procedures. In the case of gum disease, gum contouring may be incorporated into your treatment since the excess tissue can be removed easily during your other periodontal treatment.
Covering exposed roots
Exposed tooth roots, which often make the teeth look longer, are the result of gum recession. Dr. Sheldon performs gum grafting to cover roots or develop gum tissue.
The tissue used for grafting was, at one time, taken from the roof of the mouth. Dr. Lee Sheldon is at the forefront of gum grafting research, and is among 46 surgeons in the U.S. taking part in clinical trials to use a material that stimulates the body to produce its own gum tissue.
Dr. Lee Sheldon performs ridge augmentation when a patient has a large cleft, crease or depression in the gum. This surprisingly simple procedure is performed with a small incision to access the bone. A bit of either natural or artificial material is placed, and then the incision is closed. Over time, the bone grows around the grafting material.
Besides restoring gum line and facial support, Dr. Lee Sheldon also uses this procedure to create a stable base for dental implant placement.
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