Dermatology
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Gingivoplaty

 

1.What is Gingivoplasty

 Your gum tissue is like a frame that provides form and shape to the top of your tooth. A less than attractive smile results when the integrity of the gum is compromised or the actual gum between your teeth becomes weak. Usually due to poor hygiene (gum disease), you actually begin to lose gum tissue. Cosmetic dentistry provides many cosmetic solutions such as composite resin bonding, crowns, and veneers to create a great smile. These solutions are usually part of an overall strategy which may involve cosmetic Gingivoplasty. Used to correct a 'gummy smile' (a significant portion of your gum is exposed when you smile), cosmetic Gingivoplasty is the procedure of lengthening your teeth from the neck of the tooth upwards. Your teeth then appear to be longer and much less gum is seen when you smile.

 



2. Advantages of Gingivoplasty

-Healing is usually quick and your more youthful and beautiful smile is obvious early on.

-It has been reported that cosmetic Gingivoplasty additionally improves the health of your gums

-The procedure to correct receding gums may even reduce your tooth sensitivity to cold or hot foods or beverages while protecting your roots from decay and lessening further gum shrinkage.

 

3. Whi is a candidate for cosmetic Gingivoplasty 

You should consult your dentist about cosmetic Gingivoplasty if you believe you have "Gummy Smile" (small crown length), gum recession "long teeth", an uneven gum line due to "short teeth", gum loss or gums which appear to be collapsing (from missing teeth), dark or black areas between bridges, implants, crowns or teeth, or tooth sensitivity from receding gums.

 

4. Types of Gingivoplasty

There are two primary procedures for cosmetic Gingivoplasty, depending on your current smile.

 

"Gummy Smile" (Excessive Gingival Display)

A "Gummy Smile" can occur due to wear of teeth from teeth grinding, a short upper lip, or having a longer than usual upper jawbone. This smile is when your teeth appear too small and your gums appear to large.

 

"Long Tooth Smile" (Gum Recession)

As your gums recede, your teeth appear longer than normal. While "long teeth" may result in an unattractive smile, you should also be concerned with root sensitivity and possible tooth loss. Recent advances in techniques and materials have resulted in significant improvements in both comfort, predictability and esthetics.

 

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