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Getting The Gums Right with Cosmetic Dentistry in Belfast

a woman at the dentistThe look of the smile depends on a number of different factors including the shade of the teeth and their positions. For some people, it’s all about having gums that are too large or too small. Both can ruin the appearance of a smile.

When someone has cosmetic dentistry in Belfast, at a practice like Blue Sky, they can address any number of issues with the way that they look. If they want to adjust their gum line there are two options: gum contouring or reshaping, or a gum graft. A patient can choose one of these options as a stand-alone treatment or incorporate it into a smile makeover when they have cosmetic dentistry in Belfast.

What is gum contouring?

There are a number of reasons why someone might have a ‘gummy’ smile. These include:

  • Genetics – this means that the teeth naturally appear to be shorter due to excessive gum tissue;
  • Health conditions – there are some health conditions that cause swollen gums and these can have a permanent effect;
  • Auxiliary factors – sometimes the appearance of a gummy smile can be related to the ways the lips or jaw move. They may cause someone to expose more of the gum line than is seen on average. In these cases, it can be easier to adjust the appearance of the smile than to try to affect the auxiliary areas in any way.

Gum contouring is typically performed after the application of a local anaesthetic. The dentist uses scalpel or lasers to remove areas of the gum and create a higher line.

What is gum graft?

With a gum graft, tissue is surgically added to the gum line to cover tooth that has been exposed due to receding gums or other damage. This has a cosmetic impact but it is also good for the health of the teeth as well. The root of a tooth is softer and more prone to decay than the rest of it. This area is usually covered by the gums except in cases of advanced gum disease or in the event of an accident. Re-covering it with a tissue using gum graft offers it some degree of protection.

 

June 5, 2018 at 10:16 amHead of Health