Gums are as important to the beauty of your smile and your overall health as your teeth are. In fact, your teeth are so dependent on the health of your gums, we’ll check them out at every dental exam.
At Masterpiece Smiles in Tulsa, OK, we can help you with the way your gums look as well as keep them healthy. First, we’ll talk about gum reshaping and then we’ll cover receding gums.
You may not like your smile because too much of your gumline shows. Showing too much gum, what we call “gummy” smile, can take away from the beauty of your smile just as crooked or discolored teeth can. The good news is that it’s something that we at Masterpiece Smiles in Tulsa, OK can fix with gum reshaping.
Using laser dentistry technology, Dr. Cobble can help sculpt your gums in a fast, simple, and nearly painless procedure. He can reshape your gumline so it looks neater and is in proportion to your teeth.
What Causes A Gummy Smile?
Gummy smiles are usually genetic. In other words, you can just be born with too much gum tissue. But excessive tooth wear can also cause changes in the gum-to-tooth ratio.
Is Gum Reshaping Painful?
As with any procedure, you probably want to know what kind of discomfort to expect. Thanks to the use of our dental laser, gum reshaping is a largely pain-free procedure. That’s because the laser naturally seals up the wounds as it removes gum tissue. There’s no need for stitches.
Your gums may feel a little tender after the procedure but recovery time is usually fast, and any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medicine. You’ll be able to eat normally after the procedure as long as you avoid hard or seed-containing foods for a few days.
While gum reshaping has to do with cosmetic concerns of your smile, gum recession is directly related to the health of your mouth. Gum recession is a sign of periodontal disease that happens when your gums start to pull away from your teeth.
Recessed gums form pockets that can collect food particles and harmful bacteria. If left untreated, your teeth can lose some of the support they need to stay in place.
What Causes Gum Recession?
Several factors can contribute to gum recession. Some of the most common are:
- Overly aggressive brushing, or brushing with a toothbrush that is too stiff
- Use of tobacco. Chewing tobacco or smoking can irritate your gums.
- Genetics. If one or both of your parents have gum recession, you’re more than likely at a higher risk for it.
- Teeth grinding. You can prevent further damage from teeth grinding by wearing a mouthguard.
- Trauma to gum tissue. If you’ve had an injury to a tooth or to your mouth, it could cause the gum tissue in the area to recede.
- Poor oral health (resulting in periodontitis)
But no matter what the cause of gum recession, rest assured there is a treatment.
Treating Gum Recession
But if you’ve already developed receding gums, what can you do? At our Tulsa, OK dental office we use a system called Perio Protect, that is highly effective system at fighting the bacteria that causes the problem. As a matter of fact, Dr. Cobble is one of the only ones in Tulsa who has Perio Protect advanced training and is certified to use it.
Our dentist is also trained and certified to use the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, which brings existing gum tissue back over the teeth. This technologically advanced treatment allows the same gingival coverage as traditional grafts performed by a specialist, but it’s far less invasive. It is a nearly pain-free procedure that has a far shorter recovery time.
Here’s how it works: We’ll make a tiny hole in your gums. Then using special tools, we’ll loosen the gum tissue around the opening. Then we’ll gently pull the tissue through the hole, covering the right amount of each tooth. Lasty, we’ll place collagen strips under your gums to help keep them there.
If you’re concerned that you might have some gum recession, set up an appointment with Dr. Cobble. He’ll take a look at your mouth and talk about your options.