Crown lengthening for treating gummy smiles
A gummy smile refers to a smile with excess display of the gums. This can lead to an unaesthetic smile. One such cause of a gummy smile is when the gums excessively grow over the teeth, leading to the appearance of small teeth. Fortunately, this situation can be easily enhanced with a minor gum procedure called crown lengthening.
Using the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques and instrumentation, this procedure can be done to create an aesthetically pleasing smile where the teeth have the correct proportions.
Dr Jeremy Vo can work in collaboration with your dentist to plan the perfect smile, particularly if you need additional orthodontic treatment or veneers.
Treatment of gum recession
Gingival recession, or receding gums, can be identified by the exposure of roots of your teeth. Although a receding gum line is pretty common in adults over the age of 40, it can also happen among teenagers or older children aged 10 and up. It is also commonly associated in young adults after orthodontic treatment.
Effects of gum recession include sensitivity, mobility, and also the appearance of your smile can be altered due to the appearance of ‘longer’ teeth.
Fortunately, periodontists such as Dr Jeremy Vo can restore your gums’ health and reverse gum recession.
Causes of Receding Gums
The most common causes of receding gums include:
- Brushing too hard with a scrubbing technique. Scrubbing too hard causes the enamel at the gum line to be worn away.
- Flossing too aggressively may also cut into the gums.
- Gum disease
- Excessive frenal attachments
In more severe cases, a gum graft can be utilised to cover the exposed root surface and help protect the longevity and appearance of your tooth.
One of the main requirements for dental implants is the volume of available bone to allow successful and safe implant installation. However., one of the consequence of tooth loss is also the long term loss of supporting jaw bone. This can complicate dental implant surgery. To regrow your lost bone tissue, periodontists perform a procedure called bone grafting to make implant treatment possible and safer. Dr Jeremy Vo is specially trained in bone grafting techniques.
Bone Grafting Technique
- First your bone levels are determined with 3D imaging for accurate and precise measurements.
- Several different types of bone grafts are available. Dr Jeremy Vo will discuss with you what is the most suitable material to use.
- We will use local anaesthesia if it is a minor procedure. Bone grafting amterial is added over the top of your own bone which in turn stimulates your body to produce more bone.
- The maturation of the bone graft can take between 3-9 months.
Once the bone graft has matured, the benefits of bone grafting include:
- Stronger and better bone volume to support the implant
- Improve the aesthetics of your smile with a ‘fuller’ appearance of your jaw
- Reduce the risk of future implant installation going wrong
Other Periodontal Therapy Procedures
Periodontitis (also known as gum disease) results in the progressive destruction of supporting structures of teeth, which includes not only the gums, but additionally the supporting jaw bone.
Dental implants are artificially made teeth that are placed into the jaw that look, feel and perform like natural teeth. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth or a whole arch.
A gummy smile refers to a smile with excess display of the gums. This can lead to an unaesthetic smile. One such cause of a gummy smile is when the gums excessively grow over the teeth, leading to the appearance of small teeth.