It's true that your teeth are the first thing people notice when you smile, but your gums do a lot to frame those teeth and give them shape. That healthy pink gumline adds to your smile more than you may realize.
There are two gum conditions that can draw attention away from your beautiful smile. Receding gums can be caused by periodontal disease or over-brushing. This condition leaves your tooth roots exposed and can make your teeth appear unnaturally long. The other extreme is what we call a "gummy" smile. This happens when your gums grow farther than usual onto the face of the teeth, making them appear short and stubby. Washington DC Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose and his team at Periodontal and Implant Associates of Greater Washington offer proven effective cosmetic gum surgery to correct both of these conditions.
Gum recession compromises the health of your teeth and gums, leads to greater tooth sensitivity, and it can detract from a confident, well balanced smile. Gum grafting is a technique that uses a strip of tissue from another area of your mouth to fill in and help regenerate lost gum tissue.
Typically, Dr. Rose takes a thin strip of tissue from your palate. Then he makes a small incision along your gums where recession has occurred creating a fold where the new tissue can be inserted, covering the surface of the tooth where the gums have recessed. Then he gently stitches the area up. The healing process is completely finished after six weeks.
Crown lengthening, also known as a gum lift, is a procedure that involves reshaping your gum line to produce an aesthetically pleasing smile. Generally a gum lift is performed to correct a "gummy" smile, which a lot of patients are insecure about. It is also used to expose teeth that are broken or decayed below the gumline so a crown or bridge can be added.
For crown lengthening as a cosmetic gum surgery, Dr. Rose uses the tried and tested PerioLase laser to carefully sculpt a patient's gums to create a natural and attractive shape around the tooth. He can do this for a single tooth or for all visible teeth in one sitting. The laser removes the need for cutting and stitching, which greatly speeds up healing time. With over the counter pain relievers, most patients are completely healed within 24 to 48 hours.
Periodontal and restorative therapy was prescribed to change the appearance of her smile.
This patient presented with a complaint about the gumminess of her smile. She had been self-conscious of her smile for years.
Periodontal surgical treatment was performed to raise the level of her gum.
Ceramic veneers were placed to reshaped her teeth. The appearance of her smile was greatly improved.
If you believe your smile would benefit from one of these aesthetic gum treatments, the first step is to come in and have a consultation with Dr. Rose. He'll evaluate the condition of your gums and determine if you're a candidate. If you have an active periodontal infection it may be necessary to treat that before moving forward with the gum grafting or crown lengthening.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss cosmetic gum surgery. We're conveniently located in Chevy Chase, MD and we're always happy to meet new patients. We currently serve patients from Chevy Chase, Washington DC, Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Montgomery County, Arlington, Fairfax, and McLean.