Many people find that they have problems with their gums, either showing too much tooth (typically on the upper front teeth) and looking long in the tooth or not showing enough tooth and having a gummy smile. This blog post is dedicated to helping people understand more about how dumb lifts, reshaping and recontouring can help with a gummy or long in the tooth smile
We are going to break this blog post down into 2 sections:
- gummy smile
- long in the tooth smile
Treating a Gummy Smile
There are a few different ways to treat a gummy smile:
- Gum lift, also known as gum reshaping or gum recontouring.
- Botox or similar Botulinum Type a Toxin
What is a gum lift?
A lift would typically be undertaken on someone who shows a lot of gum on the upper teeth when they smile AND their teeth appear too small/short.
The reason both of these criteria need to be in place is because if we removed gum from someone who’s teeth looked too long then this would make their teeth look even longer, if this is you then an alternative treatment may need to be sought.
The Gum Lift Procedure
Prior to the surgical phase of the gum left your dentist will usually go through some form of pretreatment diagnosis and planning. This can very often involve production of a surgical guide.
Dental impressions will be taken of your existing smile and sent to a laboratory, they can then work out the ideal amount of gum to be removed, a plastic guide can then be manufactured following this contour of where the gum should be removed, the plastic guide can then be placed back into your mouth and this shows your dentist exactly how much gum needs to be removed. The treatment can also be used for an even gums and treating an uneven gum line.
The gum lift is very often performed using a special laser which cauterises the gum as it goes meaning you have very little bleeding , the healing process is also very quick.
The soft tissue in your mouth, such as your gum tends to heal incredibly quickly and after only a few days the pain should have gone and you should begin to see the new results of your beautiful smile.
Treating a Gummy Smile with Botox
whilst a gum lift treats the gums to improve the look a gummy smile, treatment with Botox treats the lips to hide the gummy smile, rather than the gum tissue.
Very often a gummy smile is caused by the lips pulling back too far from your teeth when you smile, treatment with Botox can help to reduce the amount of muscle movement when you smile and relaxed the top lip. This has the effect of showing less gum in a broad smile and making the gummy smile look less pronounced.
Not everyone is suitable for this less invasive treatment as it depends upon the reason for your gummy smile. If it’s because your teeth are too small then treatment with Botox may only go a small way to helping, you may need a small amount of gum lift re-contouring surgery in addition to the Botox.
What can I do about my receding gums?
Receding gums and gum recession are on the opposite end of the spectrum to gum lift surgery. Receding gums are a natural phenomenon which happened as we age. The bone in your jaw tends to resorb and as it does so this takes the level of the gum with it, the older we get the less bone density and volume we have in our mouths and the longer our teeth look. tTooth sensitivity is also exacerbated with receding gums as the more sensitive dentine of your tooth becomes exposed.
Poor oral hygiene can also lead to gum recession caused by gum disease. As the gums become inflamed and infected the bone underneath begins to resorb and pull away, this then means the gums reduce in size also. This process can continue until the inflammation and/or infection is under control. Good oral hygiene with a good brush and floss technique is the best way to prevent this.
Gum re-contouring surgery including gum grafts may be able to help if this is severe. A gum graft involves taking a donor area of oral soft tissue, usually from the roof of your mouth, and then crafting it over their front of your teeth in order to produce a new cosmetically pleasing gum line.
How to Prevent Receding Gums
If your gum recession is due to age then this can be very difficult to prevent as everyone ages!
There are however a few things you can do to keep the resort option under control.
- Switch to an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor. Sometimes patients brush too hard using a conventional toothbrush, this can then damage the gums which respond by resorb in. Many electric toothbrushes have pressure sensors and using one of these can highlight if you are pressing too hard when you clean your teeth.
- Brush from the gum towards the tooth. If you brush the other way round and away from the neck of the tooth, reversing the brushing action and brushing the gum back down onto the tooth can have a long-term effect and help to reduce the amount of gum recession.
- Avoid over cleaning in one area. Many people, particularly if they use a manual toothbrush, find that their lower right hand area of the teeth gets over brush with a manual toothbrush, this is typically around the lower right canine (eye tooth) area. This over brushing can again result in gum recession.
Bad breath is a problem, which bothers many people; the reality is that most people suffer from bad breath from time to time, but if it starts to affect your day to day life, it’s advisable to seek help. Our friendly dentists and dental hygienists can offer expert treatment to keep bad breath at bay for good.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth, which may be linked to poor oral hygiene. Bacteria collect in the mouth and when they feed, they release gases, which have an unpleasant odour, which causes bad breath. In most cases, bad breath is caused by bacteria gathering at the back of the tongue.
Other causes of bad breath include smoking, eating or drinking strongly flavoured foods, such as strong cheese, spicy food, coffee and tea, and taking some types of medication.
What can I do to get rid of bad breath?
Good oral hygiene is the best way to tackle bad breath; always ensure that you brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time and floss your teeth to remove food debris from the cracks between your teeth. Using mouthwash can also be beneficial for people who are prone to bad breath.
If you react badly to certain types of food, try to avoid these triggers and chew sugar-free chewing gum after eating to neutralize the acids in your mouth, stimulate saliva production and freshen your breath.
It is advisable to invest in a tongue cleaner to remove bacteria from the tongue; you can also use your normal toothbrush to brush your tongue.
Our dentists and dental hygienists also provide intensive cleaning treatments, including a scale and polish, which remove bacteria and plaque from the mouth and help to reduce the risk of infections and diseases, as well as bad breath.
If you suffer from bad breath, we can help! Call us today near Glenfield to book a consultation and ensure that bad breath is never a worry again!
Recent studies have stressed the importance of healthy gums, as gum disease has been linked to an elevated risk of a host of health problems, including heart disease and strokes. We encourage all our patients to take good care of their teeth and gums and we offer hygiene and preventative dental services to ensure that you enjoy good oral health. Here are some tips for keeping your gums healthy:
Good oral hygiene is essential for healthy teeth and gums. You should brush your teeth twice a day every day, for at least 2 minutes each time to prevent plaque from collecting in your mouth. Plaque is a colourless film, which is sticky; it clings to the tooth enamel and the gum line and is a major cause of decay and gum disease. In addition to brushing your teeth, you should also take care to floss, as this helps to remove bacteria from the cracks between the teeth.
We encourage all our patients to have regular dental check-ups. When you have a check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and look for any signs of developing issues, such as decay, or symptoms of gum disease. Every time you have a dental check, your dentist will record any changes in your mouth. Your dentist can also offer advice about oral hygiene and healthy eating and they will give your teeth a clean and polish.
Diet is a major contributor to the formation of plaque and it’s important to be aware of the impact the foods you eat have on your teeth and gums. Try to avoid eating foods that are rich in sugar and acidic foods and stick to three meals a day, rather than snacking between main meals because this weakens your protective tooth enamel. After eating, it is beneficial to chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production; always wait around one hour after you have eaten to brush your teeth, as this will give your tooth enamel chance to recover and re-harden.
Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, as well as many other health conditions. Our dentists and dental hygienists can help you to give up smoking; call the practice near Leicester for more information.
At Aesthetic Dentistry near Thurmaston your oral health is our priority and we promote preventative dental care to ensure that you enjoy a bright smile and healthy gums.
Good oral hygiene goes a long way to keeping gum disease and decay at bay, but brushing your teeth twice a day is often not enough to prevent you from suffering oral health problems. There are many other factors, including your diet and lifestyle habits, which can impact on your oral health and we actively promote healthy lifestyle choices.
We encourage all our patients to adopt a good daily oral hygiene regime, which should include brushing your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes each time and flossing. In addition, we are happy to offer advice about diet ad nutrition and we can provide information and support to patients looking to quit smoking.
Dental checks and cleaning treatments
We recommend regular check-ups for all our patients; a dental check only lasts a few minutes, but it is really important. During your check-up your dentist will check your teeth, gums and your tongue and search or signs of any problems that may need treating; they will also note down any changes in your oral health or general health. It is important to see your dentist regularly, as oral health problems get worse over the course of time and they can be very serious. Gum disease is easily treated in the early stages, but it causes permanent damage if it is left untreated.
We also recommend dental hygiene sessions; cleaning treatments give your mouth a much more intensive clean that brushing at home and they are particularly beneficial if you are prone to plaque build-up or you have a higher risk of developing gum disease.
We provide treatment for gum disease, but we strongly support the mantle that prevention is better than cure. If you notice symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen or sore gums, tender gums or bleeding from the gums (this is usually evident when you brush your teeth), it is important that you see your dentist as soon as you can.
At Aesthetic Smiles near Stoneygate we actively encourage good oral hygiene and firmly believe that prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to your gums. Unfortunately, gum disease is all too common, despite the fact that it can be prevented very easily.
What causes gum disease?
Poor oral hygiene is the main cause of gum disease, but there are also other factors, which can increase your risk of developing gum disease, including your diet, smoking and taking certain types of medication; if you are pregnant or you have diabetes, you may also have a higher risk of gum disease.
Poor oral hygiene contributes to the formation of plaque, a sticky white substance, made from bacteria and pieces of food, which clings to your gum line and irritates your gums, causing them to become painful and inflamed.
Symptoms of gum disease
Gum disease gets worse over the course of time, so it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible; this means seeing your dentist when you spot warning signs, such as bleeding when you brush, sore, tender and swollen gums and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
Looking after your gums
Brushing your teeth will help to remove plaque from your mouth, but good oral hygiene is often not enough to keep your gums healthy. Flossing is important for your gums, as it targets the gum line, which tends to attract plaque and bacteria; you may find that when you floss for the first time your gums bleed; this is very common but if they continue to bleed, see your dentist. The foods you eat play an important role in gum health, so try to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks and ensure you take in plenty of calcium and vitamin C. Smoking is also a major risk factor for gum disease and if you can give up, this make a massive difference to your oral and overall health; we can offer help and advice for patients who want to try and quit smoking.
At Aesthetic Smiles near Braunstone we believe in prevention over cure. This is why we are so enthusiastic about dental check-ups, which can help us find any potential decay or disease situation before it progresses into a dangerous problem.
What we look out for when checking your mouth
When we carry out one of our routine check-ups we are on the constant look out for problems and symptoms such as:
- Small hole caused by plaque acid, which can quickly progress into large cavities and tooth infection.
- White or red patches in the mouth that could be a signal of cancerous cells.
- Discolouration of the tongue, which, again, could be related to cancer or infections.
- Bite misalignment.
- Sore gums or pockets around the teeth, which could be an indication of gum disease.
All of these problems we try to catch before they become a serious problem and the sooner we find them the better.
What treatments can be used to prevent dental problems?
We use a range of dental treatments to prevent any problems from progressing. Some of our usual tools against disease, decay and infection include:
- Dental hygienist cleaning-to remove all stubborn plaque and tartar and clean thoroughly between the teeth and along the gum line.
- White fillings-out tooth colour fillings blend perfectly with your natural teeth and prevent small hole from developing into cavities.
- Crowns-if a small hole as become a larger cavity we use dental crowns to strengthen your tooth and restore its appearance.
- Tooth extraction-if a tooth is beyond the help of the above treatment it is best to remove it, before it spreads infection or decay to other teeth or to the gums.
If you are worried about the current health of your teeth pop into the practice today to book a consultation.
Aesthetic Smile near Western Park has a range of dental payment plans, which include its very own Aesthetic Smiles Plan. Designed to help our patients spread the cost of their dental care and treatment, our Aesthetic Smiles Plan also provides its customers with discount, insurance, exclusive invites to our health and lifestyle events and prize jaws.
Benefits of our plan include:
There are many pros to our plan, including:
- 15% reduction in the cost of fillings
- 15% reduction in the cost of dental implant treatments
- 15% reduction in the cost of dental hygiene work
- 15% reduction in the cost of dental veneers
- 15% reduction in the cost of extractions and most other dental work
- 15% reduction in the cost of laboratory-based treatments, such as bridges, dentures and crowns.
- Access to the whiter teeth for life programme with our Aesthetic Smiles Teeth whitening
- Worldwide Dental Trauma insurance, which covers our members wherever they are in the world.
- Redundancy protection, which will cover your dental costs for 12 months.
- Emergency callout insurance, for emergency dentistry wherever you are in the world.
Aesthetic Smiles Plan and our Prize Draw
If you have held membership for over 12 months you will be entered into our prize draw, which is held every 3 months.
6 months into your plan you can expect
- A hygiene session, which will include scale and polishing, preventative treatments to stop tooth decay and gum disease and periodontal advice.
- Dental examination which will also include an oral cancer screening and x-rays where necessary.
- Treatment planning for potential future requirements.
If you would like to know more about the Aesthetic Smiles plan please feel free to get in touch with the practice for further information.
Our teeth are essential tools which we depend upon for a lifetime of use, and because of their importance, their good health is absolutely critical. Maintaining healthy teeth means so much more than just keeping our teeth themselves clean. It is vital to ensure that the mouth as a whole is kept as healthy as possible, which includes maintaining the health and stability of our gums as well. At Aesthetic Smiles near Victoria Park the importance of healthy, clean gums is understood, and a number of dental treatments are available to ensure that these invaluable assets are kept as robust as possible.
Looking after the gums
Healthy gums are achieved and maintained both at home and at the dentist’s clinic. Even the most rigorous oral health regimes are sometimes not enough to prevent the gradual and often initially imperceptible decline in our gum health. Smoking and poor, sugar rich diets will often take their toll on your gums, regardless of how vigorous your oral health regime is, and this is where the appropriate dental care can make a huge difference.
We offer preventative treatments
Aesthetic Smiles can offer preventative treatments which can preserve the long term health and safety of your teeth and gums. These include professional polishing, scaling and cleaning techniques which address two major gum care issues: plaque and tartar. These are standard signs of a decline in gum health, and by preventing their onset or treating them quickly as they develop, Aesthetic Smiles can improve the health and longevity of your teeth and gums. By preventing bacteria from making their way into the pockets around your gums, particularly those areas which are hard to reach with a brush or floss, these treatments can ensure that your teeth and gums remain bacteria free and healthy.
An appointment with an Aesthetic Smiles dentist can help you determine which treatments are best suited to the requirements and needs of your teeth. The end result will be vastly improved oral health which can increase the longevity of your teeth and gums.