Although gum disease can cause a wide array of functional problems, issues such as gum recession and excess gum tissue can negatively impact your smile aesthetics and make you feel self-conscious. When gums recede and pull away from your teeth, more of your tooth roots are revealed, giving your smile an asymmetrical and unsightly look. In contrast, excess gum tissue in your visible smile zone, known as a “gummy smile,” is a cosmetic issue caused by a short upper lip, excessive gum tissue or small teeth, all of which are genetic. We offer two primary treatment options for gummy smiles and gum recession in Hamilton, Bermuda to enhance your smile appearance and comfort. In many cases, we can use lasers or the innovative Pinhole® Surgical Technique™ (PST™). Neither of these methods require cutting and sutures like traditional gum surgery does, so they’re gentler and recovery is quicker. Either way, the goal is to gently rebalance and restore your dental health so you can live a functional and healthy life!
An estimated 14% of women and 7% of men have excessive gingival exposure when smiling. Gum contouring, which reshapes areas where tissue extends lower than others, results in a straighter, more symmetrical smile. While excess gum tissue is removed with a scalpel in traditional surgery, modern surgery is done with a high-powered laser, which uses light energy to remove the tissue. Compared to traditional gum contouring, which often requires sedation in addition to a local anesthetic, laser gum contouring is a minimally invasive, safer, nearly painless and more precise method for fixing gummy smiles.
According to numerous studies, as many as 50% of adults have some degree of gum recession.
Also called gingival grafting, this procedure involves carefully placing a small amount of new tissue in an area with inadequate gum tissue. This is done to prevent worsening gum recession or to cover exposed tooth root surfaces. While donor tissue can come from a variety of sources, it’s frequently taken from the palate (roof of your mouth). Once the area is numb, we delicately suture the new gum tissue in place. After completion of the grafting procedure, new blood vessels grow into the graft and help it integrate with surrounding soft tissue. Gum grafting in Hamilton, Bermuda can reduce or eliminate problems like tooth sensitivity, as well as improve your smile aesthetics.
Gums can recede for many reasons, including hormonal fluctuations, use of tobacco, bruxism (tooth clenching and grinding), overly aggressive brushing, misaligned teeth, gum disease and predisposed genetics. Regardless of the cause, gum recession can impair the beauty of your smile, weaken your teeth, damage tooth roots, and eventually lead to tooth loss. PST is an innovative protocol invented by Dr. John Chao that enables treating receding gums without cutting, grafting or stitches. Using this protocol, Dr. Landy uses a thin needle to make a small hole in your gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue, then expand and slide it to cover the exposed root structure(s).
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