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Gummy Smile Treatment

What is a gummy smile?

A gummy smile refers to a condition where a significant portion of the gums is visible when a person smiles, often overshadowing the teeth. This can affect the overall aesthetics of the smile.

What are the treatment options for a gummy smile?

There are various treatment options available for a gummy smile. One common approach is crown lengthening, which involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the teeth and create a more balanced smile. Another option is orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, to reposition the teeth and gums into the desired position. In more severe cases, surgical procedures like orthognathic surgery or lip repositioning may be recommended. The choice of treatment depends on the underlying cause and severity of the gummy smile.

What are the steps of the crown lengthening procedure?

Crown lengthening involves several steps. First, local anesthesia is administered to ensure a painless procedure. The gums are then opened to access the bone structure for manipulation. Excess gum and, if necessary, bone tissue is removed, and the area is carefully sutured and closed. During the healing process, a protective dressing or temporary crown may be placed. In many cases, only a small portion of the gum line needs to be removed without affecting the underlying bone tissue. This approach eliminates the need for extensive gum opening, resulting in a shorter healing period of just a few days and reduced post-operative care.

What is the purpose of crown lengthening?

The primary purpose of crown lengthening is to expose more of the tooth structure to address various dental issues such as balancing the appearance of tooth structure and gums when smiling. It may be performed to prepare the tooth for restorative procedures, such as placing a crown or veneer, or to improve the esthetics of a “gummy” smile.

How long does it take to get crown lengthening?

The duration of the crown lengthening procedure depends on the complexity and the number of teeth involved. Generally, it can be completed in a single appointment lasting around 1-2 hours. However, the healing process may take several weeks. In many cases, just a simple removal of the gum line is enough to get desired results, and this reduces the length of the treatment to less than 5 minutes per tooth and the healing period to only a few days.

Is the crown lengthening procedure painful?

Crown lengthening is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that the procedure itself is painless. However, some discomfort and mild swelling may be experienced after the procedure. The dentist will provide instructions for pain management and post-operative care. If the treatment is managed with a simpler intervention, there will generally be no post-operative discomfort.

Does crown lengthening require any special care or maintenance after the procedure?

Following crown lengthening, it is important to adhere to proper oral hygiene practices, including gentle brushing and flossing. The dentist may prescribe a mouth rinse or provide specific instructions for cleaning the treated area. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor healing and ensure optimal oral health.

How much does gummy smile treatment cost?

The cost of gummy smile treatment can vary depending on the severity of the case and the chosen approach. If the gummy smile is severe and surgical crown lengthening is not feasible, an orthognathic approach may be considered. However, this can increase both the cost and complexity of the treatment. In many cases, crown lengthening is a sufficient and logical option to achieve acceptable results without the need for major surgery. The cost of crown lengthening depends on the complexity of the case, ranging from approximately 25 euros to 50 euros per tooth. Consulting with a dental professional is important to determine the most suitable and cost-effective treatment plan for your specific needs.

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