Periodontists are often called the plastic surgeons of dentistry. As such, we have the expertise to improve gummy or uneven smiles, rebuild the natural contour of your gums and jaw after tooth loss, and restore the naturally healthy pink color to your gums, among other skills. The periodontists at Millennium Periodontics have experience in state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures focused on improving both your smile aesthetics and oral health. We’ll create a customized plan that addresses your specific problem, restores your gums to their natural health, and renews your confidence in a beautiful, balanced smile! Whether you’re looking for crown lengthening in Chicago, IL, require plastic surgery to restore bone prior to getting crowns or bridges, or are unhappy with dark gums, you’ve come to the right place!
Common causes of gummy smiles include improper passive tooth eruption, a short or hyperactive upper lip, medications, and genetics. Studies suggest an estimated 10-29% of people worldwide have excessive gum tissue, with a higher incidence in women than men. These studies also indicate the smile line created by gums plays a significant role when people judge other peoples’ smiles. In short, the most common perception of a perfect smile requires ideal harmony between healthy pink gums and white teeth. As such, people with gummy smiles may experience problems with self-esteem and confidence, especially when smiling or speaking.
From a functional standpoint, excessive gum tissue can harbor bacterial plaque, increasing the risk for tooth decay and infection. In addition, if you’re getting restorations, adequate tooth needs to be visible for proper support. As such, crown lengthening in Chicago, IL is done for both aesthetic and functional purposes. Our periodontists have the expertise to determine the underlying cause and create personalized treatment plans that ensure the best cosmetic and functional outcomes.
The goal of crown lengthening is to lengthen the appropriate teeth and create more balanced symmetry at the gum line. Under local anesthetic and sedation if needed, we use specialized surgical instruments to precisely re-contour your affected gum tissue. The amount of gum tissue removed depends on multiple factors including your smile line, lip position, and the number of teeth involved. If you have a damaged tooth that requires a crown, we may need to reshape both the gum and bone tissue to expose more of the tooth.
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