If you’ve ever thought you had small or “hidden” teeth, then you may have what is known as a “gummy” smile. This condition can develop functional concerns, though patients often seek treatment for cosmetic purposes. Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson, frequently treats patients in this situation to improve smile aesthetics as well as restore oral health and function. A gum specialist, Dr. Anderson uses the latest minimally invasive techniques to complete aesthetic crown lengthening in Bloomfield Hills, MI with accuracy and predictability.
What Causes a “Gummy” Smile?
Though numerous causes exist that result in a “gummy” smile, Dr. Anderson often diagnoses patients with a condition known as “altered passive eruption”. This occurs when tissue and bone do not contract, or migrate, after the teeth have erupted, leaving the gums covering the crowns. The result is noticeably short teeth and an uneven gum line that many patients find unattractive. Alternative etiologies can exist that produce a “gummy” smile, so it’s beneficial to seek the expertise of an experienced periodontist like Dr. Anderson to receive a proper diagnosis.
The Benefit of Digital Treatment Planning
Digitally planning an aesthetic crown lengthening case has numerous benefits for both the patient and the clinician. By using state-of-the-art planning tools, Dr. Anderson can complete a digital smile design before your surgery. You’ll be able to see a digital simulation of your altered smile along with physical wax-ups to give your new look a “test drive”.
Dr. Anderson also uses a sophisticated scanner to take digital impressions to track the progress of your treatment and ensure fantastic aesthetic results. Digitally driven treatment removes the guesswork from the process, which is especially critical when dealing with the “aesthetic zone”, or the teeth that show when you smile.
Specialized Surgery for “Gummy” Smiles
Dr. Anderson’s approach to aesthetic crown lengthening ensures this specialized procedure is incredibly precise and conservative. Working alongside your general dentist, she can predictably achieve the desire final soft tissue result. The final contour and position of your soft tissues will be noticeably altered to restore natural smile symmetry. For such a detailed procedure, Dr. Anderson has the expertise and technology to make her the go-to choice for your care. Ask us to show before and after photos of countless patients with healthy, aesthetic smiles!
Schedule Your Consultation
Whether you’ve been referred by your dentist or are seeking a second opinion, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Anderson Periodontal Wellness with our dentist, Dr. Anderson. We can help you achieve an attractive, balanced smile with esthetic crown lengthening in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Schedule your appointment online or call (248) 480-4910 today.
If you are invested in keeping your smile healthy, it’s important to understand the possibility of gum recession. Though a common dental problem, gum recession can have dangerous consequences affecting the health and stability of your teeth. More than making teeth appear “long”, uneven, and yellow, gum recession is also a leading symptom of gum disease.
How does gum recession develop? And what can be done about it? Dr. Lauren Anderson, a board-certified periodontist in Bloomfield Hills, MI, discusses the main questions her patients ask about receding gums and the minimally invasive treatment options she offers at Anderson Periodontal Wellness.
- What is gum recession?
If you currently have receding gums, you may have already noticed the esthetic and functional effects. Gum recession is when the gums around your teeth wear away, exposing the roots. This often causes sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures as well as esthetic issues (long teeth that appear yellow at the roots, an uneven gum line, or a small notch of gum tissue at the base of a tooth). Receding gums also create pockets between the gums and teeth where bacteria can easily accumulate.
- What causes receding gums?
Gum recession can result from aggressive tooth brushing, periodontal disease, smoking or tobacco use, misaligned teeth, oral trauma, aging, and genetics. It’s critical to know the etiology (cause) of gum recession to ensure accurate and lasting treatment. As a periodontist, Dr. Anderson is considered a “gum expert”, having achieved years of additional training and experience in soft tissue treatments. One of her specialties is diagnosing and treating gum recession with minimally invasive techniques.
- Why do I need to treat gum recession?
Receding gums cause more than cosmetic concerns. They can make it difficult to eat the foods you love due to heightened sensitivity. The gaps between your teeth can develop bacterial infection (gum disease). More severe cases of gum recession can result in loose teeth and even tooth loss. Thin, receding gums cannot grow back and may continue to progress without treatment. When you first notice gum recession, schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson!
Minimally Invasive Soft Tissue Grafting
Dr. Anderson first determines the cause of your gum recession, then creates a personalized treatment plan based on your oral condition. This may involve periodontal therapy or soft tissue grafting (sometimes both). Using specialized digital technology, she’ll plan your case. This involves taking a CBCT scan to evaluate the bony contours beneath your gums and digital scanning to plan the surgery. This technology also allows her to evaluate treatment results and track healing over time.
Detailed planning and preparation also ensure a direct and purposeful surgical approach and an efficient, minimally invasive procedure. During your surgery while you’re under IV sedation, Dr. Anderson will remove a portion of tissue from the roof of your mouth (or grafts from a tissue bank) and use it to cover teeth and exposed roots. Once healed, your tissues will be healthier, stronger, and thicker and more resistant to gum recession in the future.
Interested in Learning More?
Dr. Anderson welcomes patients with gum recession in our office in Bloomfield Hills, MI to learn more about her minimally invasive soft tissue grafting techniques and the benefits of surgery. As an expert, she provides precise and predictable treatment that promotes the long-term function and esthetics of your smile. If you have been referred or want a second opinion, schedule your consultation with Anderson Periodontal Wellness online or call (248) 480-4910 today.
Meet M.P. who sought out treatment with our periodontist Dr. Lauren Anderson to help address his sensitive roots as seen in the before photo. The “yellow” or cementum root showing can be sensitive to temperature change (both hot and cold), tactile (brushing or a professional cleaning), or to sugar (glucose). Although not all roots that are exposed are sensitive, the patients who seek gum regeneration can eliminate or greatly reduce sensitivity with minimally invasive techniques. Gingival grafting aims to regenerate lost gum tissue, restore gum thickness and return to a more anatomical or “normal” tissue contour. As a result, roots are covered and protected from the above mentioned traumatic stimuli.
Specific to this case, M.P. had a minimally invasive tunneling procedure with an allograft product. This means the grafting material was not harvested from the palate but was rather custom ordered for his case and adapted to his unique anatomy. After two sterile water baths, the sterile collagen (type 1 and 3) is inserted under the gum and pulled down to cover his roots. Results seen above are at 3 months post grafting. MP, his general dentist and Dr. Anderson couldn’t be happier with his results. MP no longer has cold sensitivity and is pleased with his healthier and more youthful appearance!
To learn if you are a candidate for allograft tunneling procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lauren Anderson at Anderson Periodontal Wellness (248) 480-4910 to learn more. Our board certified periodontist Dr. Anderson performs gum and bone grafting, dental implants, periodontal therapy, laser treatment and many other periodontal specialty procedures to patients in the greater Detroit area and looks forward to meeting with you!