The gum tissue can be very thick and large covering the tooth surface making the teeth look short. This can happen because of medications, bone that extends too close to the surface of the teeth, or inflammation due to gum disease. A gingivectomy is a periodontal procedure that eliminates excess gum tissue. The term "gingivectomy" is derived from Latin: The following are some reasons a gingivectomy might be needed: Cosmetics: To make the teeth look normal in size when the gum is covering too much of it, making the teeth look longer and more proportional.
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.
Gum Grafting Cosmetic periodontal procedures are a conventional way to cover unsightly, sensitive, or exposed root surfaces and to prevent future gum recession. The most common cosmetic procedure is the soft tissue graft. This is used to reduce unattractive exposed root surfaces, reducing gum recession and protect the teeth from root sensitivity. Short Teeth, Gummy Smile On the other hand, if you are unhappy with the appearance of short, unsightly teeth, this can be greatly improved by a combination of periodontal procedures by Drs. Pollack, Odrich or Sarmiento and cosmetic dentistry by your dentist.
Many options are available, and they are tailored to your specific requirements. If you need a replacement tooth while the implants are healing, temporary removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made. If all of your teeth are missing, we can usually modify your present complete denture or make you a new temporary denture. If you would prefer non-removable teeth during the healing phase, temporary transitional implants usually can be placed along with the permanent implants, and temporary teeth may be made and inserted the same day.