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.