Our practice can solve many problems with cosmetic procedures that use crowns or veneers, depending on your specific situation.
We offer the following options to help you enjoy a beautiful and sustainable smile.
A gummy smile makes the teeth look short and not proportionate with the patient’s face. The smile can be greatly enhanced by sculpting the gum to make the teeth appear more natural.
Tissue surgically trimmed to normal contour
Overgrowth of gum tissue during orthodontics
Healed tissue with a pleasing appearance
After tissue sculpting and veneers, a beautiful smile with teeth the proper size for the patient’s face
Gummy smile results in short teeth with irregular gum margins
Gum recession often shows the unsightly root of the tooth. Following gum grafting, root coverage may be desired by patients to improve appearance. A connective tissue graft provides new attached gingiva while covering the root surface.
Recession of canine gum producing a “fang-like” appearance
Complete root coverage with
normal gum contour
Front tooth with unsightly
Improved cosmetics after
Root coverage of upper premolars, left and right
Unsightly anterior recession
Recession corrected with root coverage procedure
Simply put, irregular gum levels detract from an attractive smile. Unless the gum has a natural contour, the results with new crowns can never be satisfactory. We may choose to change a single tooth or work on all the upper front teeth to provide the optimal appearance.
Short lateral tooth, with low gum
Gum made level with adjacent teeth so normal crown could be placed.
Irregular gum levels with short, chipped teeth
Following gum recontouring and crowns
Once teeth are extracted, the bone often resorbs during healing and leaves a gum indentation. The bridge placed prevents the artificial tooth from looking real. Consequently, the artificial tooth appears to be growing out of the gum and can’t be distinguished from the natural teeth.
The surefire way to treat a ridge deficiency is to prevent it from occurring altogether. Performing a ridge augmentation at the time of extraction can manage the amount of bone loss.
Severe ridge defect after extraction
Ridge augmented to return normal shape
Deficient ridge making
artificial tooth look unnatural
Ridge augmented and expanded so artificial tooth appears to emerge from gum
A resorbed ridge forms once the gum heals down in the socket before the bone has time to completely reform. To prevent bone resorption after extraction, we advise the socket be filled with a material that reduces gum shrinkage and prevents gum down growth. It’s ideal to treat the problem before it occurs.