Your smile is one of the first things others notice about you. If you feel that one of the descriptions below matches how you feel about your own smile, talk to your Dental Health Associates dentist to find the right solution for you.
Gummy Smile / Uneven Gum Line
"My gums show too much when I smile or talk."
During this procedure (gingivectomy or crown lengthening), your Dental Health Associates periodontist or dentist will remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the crown of the tooth. This procedure may involve the use of laser and local anesthetic to numb the tissue. Your gum line may also be sculpted to give your smile a more uniform look. See more in our periodontal section.
Long Teeth/Exposed Roots
"My teeth seem too long. I think they make me look old."
Gum recession can cause a tooth root to become exposed, making your teeth appear too long. Whether caused by tooth brushing, abnormal mouth habits, or periodontal disease, exposed roots can be sensitive to temperatures and touching, and are more prone to further toothbrush abrasion or wear. Soft tissue grafts maybe able to cover the root surfaces, reduce further gum recession, and protect against root surface decay. See more in our periodontal section.
Gingival Recontouring FAQs
What's the best way to heal after a gingival recontouring procedure?
Eat cool and soft food, and avoid any and all foods with seeds. You should use pain relievers only as directed by your doctor, and avoid aspirin because it can cause bleeding. Follow your doctor's directions for brushing your teeth, and any other directions they give.
What causes gum issues like these?
How much of the teeth are covered by gums is largely genetic. In some cases, certain health conditions and prescription drugs can cause the gums to cover more of the teeth. On the other hand, gums that don't cover much of the teeth at all could be a sign of gum recession, which can lead to other significant health concerns like tooth loss and decay.
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Gingival Recontouring in Madison
Dental Health Associates of Madison make things easier for patients: our conveniently located clinics are equipped to service patients who are looking for gingival recontouring near Token Creek, Fitchburg, Downtown, Sun Prairie, and beyond: