Periodontal Dentistry can help transform your smile and facial expression. While we know is absolutely necessary for communication, it also signals facial attractiveness. When considering your smile, Dr. Wierzbicki must take into account the position of the lips, the condition of your oral tissues and the gingival outlines (your gums) of your smile. Typically these periodontal concerns are handled by aesthetic restorative procedures such as Gummy Smile Treatment, Crown Lengthening, Gingivectomy, Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Biologic Width. All of these procedures aim to bring focus and balance to your smile.
Introduction to Aesthetic & Restorative Periodontal Dentistry
Restorative Crown Lengthening
Restorative Crown Lengthening is a common periodontal surgical procedure in which gum tissue is re-contoured to expose more of the tooth. It is normally performed in order to improve the health of gum tissue or to prepare the patient’s mouth for a restorative or cosmetic procedure. This procedure can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth or the entire gum line in order to expose a pleasant, aesthetically appealing smile.
Crown lengthening is a versatile and common procedure that has many effective uses and benefits. The vast majority of patients who have undergone this type of surgery are highly delighted with the results.
Here are some of the most common reasons for crown lengthening:
- Restoration of damaged teeth – Periodontal disease can cause severe damage to the teeth, as can any trauma and/or decay. Where teeth have been broken beneath the gum line, crown lengthening can be used to prepare the area for a new restoration to correct the damaged teeth.
- Cosmetic uses – Extra gum tissue can make teeth look unnaturally short and also increase susceptibility to periodontal infections. Removing excess gum tissue can restore a balanced, healthy look and thus improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile.
- Dental crowns – Crown lengthening serves to provide more space between the supporting jawbone and dental crown. This prevents the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone once in place.
Treatment of Excessive Gingival Display
We all know that an attractive smile is important in today’s modern world. Therefore anything that makes one feel self-conscious about their smile can lead to feelings of poor self-worth and negative self-esteem.
Excessive Gingival Display, also called Gummy Smile is a good example of a smile out of balance. This is where the gums are longer than the teeth, so the proportions of a smile to gum are not right. Typically a gummy smile is caused by a short upper lip, excessive gum tissue, or small teeth. All of which are genetic.
Dr. Wierzbicki may re-contour the shape of your gums or perform a minor surgical procedure called Aesthetic Lip Repositioning. Additionally, cosmetic procedures such as Porcelain Veneers or Botox may be used to help balance out your smile.