According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 40,000 cases of oral/pharyngeal cancer are diagnosed each year, with over 7500 of these cases resulting in the death of the patient. Fortunately, oral cancer, if caught early, can be more effectively treated. Oral cancer may first appear without producing any symptoms, making it hard to recognize without an exam. There are many types of oral cancer, including adenocarcinoma and melanoma, but the most common form of oral cancer is squamous cell carcinoma.
Crown lengthening is usually performed to improve the health of the gum tissue, prepare the mouth for a procedure, or correct a “gummy smile”. A “gummy smile” is used to describe an instance where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue resulting in a less aesthetically-pleasing smile. The procedure involves reshaping or re-contouring the gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question to create a new gum-to–tooth relationship. Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or the entire gum line. Crown lengthening is often required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration.
While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes. Use modest pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that you feel any discomfort, or make the brush bristles bend. When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the insides of the teeth.
Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) is a human recombinant protein that induces stem cells in our body to become bone-forming cells and grow new bone. BMP is soaked onto and binds with a collagen sponge, which resorbs, or disappears, over time and is placed in the surgical site where new bone is desired. As the sponge dissolves, the bone morphogenic protein is released locally and recruits cells to the area and induces certain cells to become bone-forming cells. The BMP also goes away once it has completed its task of jump starting the normal bone healing process.