Before & After - Gingival Recontouring
More and more people want to recapture their youth and improve upon their dental appearance. Today’s social and career opportunities play a large role in what we now consider esthetic or pleasing to the eye.
Esthetic dentistry often requires several disciplines working closely together to arrive at the desired outcome. Below is an example of such a case. This otherwise youthful, active 52 year old male wants to address his misshaped teeth, the gap between #5 and 6, his missing lateral incisor and the uneven gingival contours. Additionally, his dental wish list also includes: Replacing his Maryland bridge with a dental implant to allow him to floss his teeth. He would like his teeth to be larger as well as balanced and symmetrical in size and shape. Finally, he would like to have his exposed roots covered with tissue to keep tooth length from distracting from his dental appearance.
A 23 year old female presents with two complaints regarding her smile. She is unhappy with the appearance of her front tooth that was previously restored with a porcelain fused to metal restoration. She referred to the tooth as her “Chicklet”.
Secondly, she feels like her smile is unbalanced as she compares her teeth on the right to those on the left. After consulting with her restorative dentist regarding our findings and the patient’s desires, we presented the following treatment plan: a hard tissue crown lengthening on her right side to match the length that she has on the left followed by veneers on teeth #4-13.
A 27 year old School teacher wants a new smile! She presents with several challenges. She has chipped teeth, exposed tooth roots, worn teeth etc. However, by doing what is known as "esthetic crown lengthening" we were able to provide her dentist with a "level table" to place her veneers on.
A 15 year-old Pleasant Grove, Utah patient presents with a 'gummy smile'. She would really like to show more tooth length and less gingival tissue when she smiles. A relatively common procedure called 'Crown Lengthening' was performed to eliminate the excessive gum tissue and enhance the hidden beauty of her existing teeth and smile!
A 36 year-old Mapleton, Utah patient has a history of losing two of her front teeth 10 years ago. They replaced her missing teeth with dental implants. Unfortunately, the crowns did not match up well with the surrounding teeth and has always "bothered" the patient to the point that she hated to smile.
By recontouring her gum tissue, together with her family dentist, we were able to create a smile that is harmonious and balanced.
A 20 year-old dental assistant from Orem, Utah is around beautiful smiles everyday and desires to have one for herself. She is aware that in order to improve upon the appearance of her smile (which by the way she has already had porcelain veneers placed upon her upper front four teeth) she needed to "even out" her gum line. Again we see what is possible by reshaping the supporting tissues (bone and gums) in the creation of a fabulous smile!