Sharon wasn’t happy with her smile. Her teeth seemed too small; her gums seemed too large. She wanted a makeover. She thought crowns would do the trick. We took some photos and talked about her smile. As we spoke, she began to see that her gums were the problem – not her teeth. Her overlarge gums covered her teeth such that the teeth appeared small. She needed some periodontal work – what we call a “crown lengthening procedure” to scallop the bone and gums above the natural teeth. I referred her to a periodontist who specializes in recontouring bone and supporting tissues. The work took one visit. The gums then took a couple of weeks to heal. The results were spectacular! Sharon looks fabulous – her old teeth like new!
See how her gums cover her teeth.
The lateral incisors look too small and she has what we call a “gummy” look.
Now look what a beautiful smile she has! The teeth are the same but the excess gum tissue was removed.
Sometimes a simple procedure can make a huge difference.
It’s all about proper diagnosis and treatment planning.