Some specially trained dentists such as those in our team have the ability to fix a “gummy smile” when a person’s teeth, or a replacement crown appear too short.

It is a procedure often used in conjunction with cosmetic smile design. The teeth may actually be the proper length, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. It’s possible to correct this by performing a procedure called crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. Think of it like pushing back the cuticles on a fingernail. The outcome is longer looking teeth and a winning smile.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, but they all need to be checked by your dentist or an oral surgeon or orthodontist. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways; partially emerge from the gum buried into the bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can take many positions in the bone as the attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully. These poor positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth is difficult to clean. Food trapped beneath the gums will quickly lead to painful inflammation will eventually cause an infection. An acute infection arises quickly and results in fever, painful swelling, and difficulty chewing and limited opening. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and decreases the surgical risk involved in the procedure. In general terms, patients bounce back from such surgical procedures much quicker at a young age (teenage years) than as middle age or elderly adults. Also Medical problems arise as we age, which can limit the options available to be used to remove these such as IV anesthesia.
Many times a dentist will need to increase the amount of bone in a patient’s jaw. Recent developments in bone grafting techniques have made implant treatment possible in cases that would have been impossible just a few years ago. If increasing the amount of available bone is required for your case, it might add to the cost of treatment, require more time, introduce additional procedures and add to the risks involved.
When bone loss occurs in the upper jaw, your sinus grows down to occupy the new space. Should you wish to get a dental implant, there may be insufficient bone to secure the implant screw. In this case, a sinus lift might be a necessary part of bone grafting surgery. A sinus lift quite literally ‘lifts’ the sinus cavity membrane and fills the resulting space with grafting material, thus increasing the height of the bone. As dental implants have gained in popularity over the last decades, a sinus lift is now a commonplace procedure.

For recently lost upper molar replacement where little bone grafting is needed, it’s possible that sinus lift and implant insertion can be performed at the same time. Otherwise the dental implant must wait until your own bone has sufficiently re grown; this can take up to 8 months. Our dental professionals can asses your situation and give you an approximate timeline for your specific case.

Further information regarding these aspects of dentistry can be sought following a quick consultation with the dentist.
Further information regarding these aspects of dentistry can be sought following a quick consultation with the dentist.