The position of your gums in relation to your teeth has an immense effect on the appearance of your smile. In some cases, a person can seem to show too much gum tissue when smiling. In other cases, the gum tissue has receded and too much tooth is showing. Regardless of the situation, at NY Total Dental we can customize a solution to perfect your smile.
The appearance of a gummy smile can be caused by excess gum tissue covering the crown portion of the tooth making it look shorter. In this case, a procedure known as gingivectomy can be done to trim the gums back, giving the appearance of a longer tooth. In other cases when the teeth are shorter due to wear or grinding, the tooth can be made to look longer through a procedure called esthetic crown lengthening. In this procedure, the bone level and gum tissue are reduced, causing the tooth to appear longer. A comprehensive smile evaluation will be performed to determine which method is best for your situation.
When your gums, also known as gingiva, experience some trauma you can develop ginigval recession. This can occur due to periodontal (gum) disease or from brushing too aggressively. You may notice that more of the tooth is showing than before. This part of the tooth is often darker in color, much more sensitive to cold, and at a greater risk for developing decay. To correct this problem, gingival grafting can be done by using gum tissue from another part of your mouth or repositioning nearby tissue to cover the affected area.
New York Total Dental offers cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry services including full mouth rehabilitation, Invisalign, dental implants, orthodontics, veneers, periodontics gum treatment, teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, teeth fillings, and dental cleaning to Midtown Manhattan, Upper Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, and Downtown Manhattan in New York City.