Do You Have a “Gummy Smile?”

It’s no surprise. Your teeth are the first thing that are noticed with you smile.

What if that’s not the case?

For example, your gums could take “center-stage.”

In other words, more of your gums show when you smile. It’s called a gummy smile.

Why it’s vital to protect your gums

More visible gum tissue is not always better. This is especially true when your gums recede and leave more of your tooth surfaces exposed.

Your teeth and gums are designed to be in proper alignment with each other. More teeth exposed could lead to issues such as sensitive teeth and tooth decay risk.

Your gum tissue is also vulnerable. Infection and decay can lead to periodontal (gum) disease.

It’s vital that you keep your gums free from plaque and tartar that contain bacteria and treat any conditions that can threaten their long term health.

When your teeth and gums compliment each other

Cosmetic dentistry uses gum contouring and crown lengthening as treatments to improve the health and appearance of your gums. Excess tissue that covers the upper portions of your teeth is removed or trimmed.

The treatments expose the proper amount of your tooth structure and eliminates unnecessary gum tissue. Your teeth and gums will appear more even and thus more attractive when you smile.

Gum contouring can be completed in one appointment. You will be made comfortable with a local anesthetic and sedation (if necessary) during the brief procedure.

A follow-up appointment is recommended. We will check your tissue and healing process.

Contact your dentist in Knoxville about issues with your gums or a gummy smile. Schedule an oral examination to discuss gum contouring or crown lengthening to improve the health and appearance of your gums and smile.

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