It’s important that you feel happy and confident with your smile. If the ratio between your gums and your teeth is off, it can lead to what many call a gummy smile. Gummy smiles can make people insecure and self-conscious about their smile. Marr Family Dentistry, your Greeley, CO dentist, offers solutions for fixing a gummy smile.
The Struggle of a Gummy Smile
While a gummy smile is usually a cosmetic issue, it doesn’t make it one that’s not serious. Drs. Kami and Kevin Marr know that you want to be able to smile without feeling self-conscious about it. It’s important to be confident in yourself and your smile. Also, there are some dental restorations you can’t receive if the crown of your tooth is too short. So, it can impact more than just your confidence.
Treatment Options for a Gummy Smile
At Marr Family Dentistry, we offer a couple of treatment options for a gummy smile. We want you to be able to put your best smile forward!
Crown Lengthening Surgery
The first option for a gummy smile is a surgery that’s called crown lengthening. Dr. Marr will do a thorough examination of your smile to determine where the procedure is needed. It can be performed on only one or two of your teeth or the entire gum line. Dr. Marr will also take your cosmetic goals into consideration.
The dentist will make small incisions in your gum line. Dr. Marr can then use special tools to reposition your gum line in those areas. This is done gently and slowly and you have input during the process. It’s done under just local anesthesia, so Dr. Marr and you can jointly decide when the gum to tooth ratio is where it needs to be. Once you’re both happy, the gums will be cleaned and sutured shut.
Gum Contouring with Laser Dentistry
Depending on the patient, you may be able to utilize laser dentistry instead of full-on crown lengthening surgery. Laser dentistry technology is used instead of more invasive surgery options. Due to the heat of the laser, it promotes the healing process, leading to a faster recovery time without the need for sutures. There’s also less blood and swelling, as well as less pain.
Laser dentistry can be used to contour your gums in place of crown lengthening surgery. The laser is small and precise, so Dr. Marr can shape your gums with precision. As with the surgery, you can have input and make sure that your tooth to gum ratio is exactly the way you want it.
Laser dentistry can also be used if you’re having issues with receding gums. Usually caused by gum disease, your tooth root can be exposed and it can lead to tooth loss. If you’re experiencing any issues with your gums, it’s important to talk to your dentist about laser dentistry and see if you’re a suitable candidate.
Gum Shaping at Your Dentist in Greeley, Colorado
Marr Family Dentistry is here to help you with all of your gum shaping and treatment needs. If you’re unhappy with your gummy smile, call us today or schedule an appointment online!