How To Correct A Gummy Smile
- March 1, 2018
Sometimes, your smile insecurities have little to do with your teeth and have everything to do with your gums. In fact, about 14 percent of women and 7 percent of men suffer from what’s known as a “gummy smile,” where excess gum tissue dominates your smile and dwarfs your teeth.
And if you’re similarly afflicted, the experts at Gentle Dental Care can help restore balance to your smile. We’re proud to offer comfortable cosmetic dentistry solutions by pairing our extensive knowledge and experience with the latest in dental technology.
Dr. Peltzer is also a nationally recognized expert in the field of sedation dentistry, which utilizes medication to reduce pain and stress during dental procedures. Your comfort and safety are a priority here, and you’ll feel great in Dr. Peltzer’s care!
Read on to learn more about how we can comfortably adjust your gumline so you can finally say goodbye to your gummy smile! Then, give our Plainville, CT office a call at (860) 479-2397 to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation.
A ‘Gentle’ Approach To Crown Lengthening
To remedy a gummy smile, we most often use a pair of procedures called gum reshaping and crown lengthening. These treatments remove excess gum tissue to reveal more of the crowns, or visible parts, of your teeth. Crown lengthening can also consist of efforts to build up the visible parts of teeth using dental restorations such as dental crowns. The result is a more proportionate smile that you’ll be proud to show off!
Other dentists perform similar treatments, but oftentimes, they use scalpels to remove the excess tissue, meaning it can take weeks to fully recover. But at Gentle Dental Care, we prefer to take the “gentle” approach to gum contouring! We use a state-of-the-art soft tissue laser to correct gummy smile in a way that’s more comfortable for the patient and provides greater precision. With the use of a soft tissue laser, you may have some tenderness following the procedure, but you’ll most likely fully recover in several days.
Some of the other benefits of laser dentistry you may experience include:
- Less bleeding than with traditional methods
- Reduced need for anesthesia
- Minimized need for sutures
- Lessened risk of bacterial infection following treatment
Prioritizing Patient Comfort
At Gentle Dental Care, Dr. Peltzer isn’t just highly skilled when it comes to periodontal and cosmetic procedures. He has decades of experience in dental sedation, so he knows how to ease anxiety and pain throughout treatment, no matter what kind of dental work you’re undergoing. He is a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and is constantly learning more about his field so he can bring his patients the latest, most effective technologies and techniques.
Dr. Peltzer completed a good deal of training in hospital and outpatient surgery centers, so he often recommends IV sedation for his patients. IV sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream and provides a deep level of sedation. You’ll sort of feel like you’re dreaming or on the edge of consciousness.
Under the effects of IV sedation, you’ll be able to experience a pain-free and stress-free procedure. And one of the reasons Dr. Peltzer prefers IV sedation to other forms is that it’s easy to monitor your levels of sedation and vital signs to ensure your comfort and safety for the duration of treatment.
We also offer two more mild forms of sedation — nitrous oxide and oral sedation — if IV sedation isn’t right for you.
Separate from dental sedation, our team still goes the extra mile to make sure that your visit is a pleasant one. Dr. Peltzer wanted to make sure that Gentle Dental Care was a place patients with severe dental anxiety could come and receive compassionate care.
Much of how we do this is by simply being a friend! We’ll listen to your concerns without interrupting, and we’ll do our best to make you comfortable while you’re in the dental chair. If you need pillows and blankets, just let us know! We can also offer longer appointments so you won’t feel pressured by time constraints.
After Your Gum Reshaping Procedure
As we mentioned, you can expect to experience some mild tenderness of the gum tissue for a few days following the procedure. During this time, it’s important to follow Dr. Peltzer’s post-procedure instructions to ensure a speedy recovery. This could include managing pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, limiting your diet to only soft and cool foods, and modifying how and when you brush your teeth for a few days.
But after that, you’ll be able to show off a gumline that’s as good as new! It’s amazing how much of a difference a slight gumline adjustment can make in the appearance of your smile.
Paying For Your Gummy Smile Correction
When we say that we’re proud to offer “stress-free care,” that doesn’t just end once your procedure is over. We don’t want you to experience anxiety about paying for your procedure, which is why we offer convenient and flexible payment options.
We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards. We also work with most major insurance companies and CareCredit, which provides low-interest and no-interest financing to those who qualify.
It’s difficult to provide even a ballpark figure of how much a gum reshaping procedure will cost because much depends on the specifics of your case, including whether or not you need dental crowns or other restorations in conjunction with efforts to remove excess gum tissue. But our caring staff would be happy to take the time to answer any questions you have about the procedure, insurance, or the cost of treatment. We want you to feel great about your decision to undergo gummy smile treatment every step of the way.
Say Goodbye To Your Gummy Smile
Think for a minute about how great it would feel to smile without hesitation or embarrassment of a gummy smile! Gentle Dental Care wants to help you achieve a smile you feel great about sharing. Come find out whether gummy smile treatment is right for you!