One of the main barriers to undergoing cosmetic dentistry is unhealthy gums. Without strong gums to support the teeth, patients may find they do not qualify for a wide variety of treatments. Therefore, gum treatments are a way of restoring the gums back to full health to open up cosmetic opportunities, as well as maintain good oral hygiene.
In addition, maintaining strong teeth and gums is important in the prevention of wider health issues. These include diabetes, strokes, and heart disease.
Pearl Dental Clinic offers a wide variety of cosmetic and corrective gum treatments to improve the health and appearance of gums.
If gum disease is left untreated, members of the public could lose their teeth. Gum disease can cause degradation of the bone and soft tissue support around the teeth. Deep cleaning gum treatments are provided by our dentists and periodontist (Specialist in gum treatment). Undergoing such treatments removes bacteria from the root surface.
Patients can also receive advice on how to improve their daily cleaning routines. To ensure more bacteria and potentially harmful plaque are removed this is essential.
In addition, we can give advice about the issue of halitosis, which can cause high levels of embarrassment for sufferers. Establishing the cause and an appropriate dental cleaning programme is vital for individuals to enjoy the benefits of fresh breath.
Chewing sugar-free gum can help to improve dental health by increasing saliva flow and inhibiting the build up of harmful substances. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can also protect the teeth from harmful acids.
Crown lengthening is a common gum surgery in which gum tissue and bone are removed from around a tooth. This procedure is performed to expose more of the tooth structure. Crown lengthening is commonly carried out when a tooth needs a crown and there is not enough tooth tissue left above the gum to support it.
Before treatment starts patients will need to attend an initial consultation. The consultation will take place with one of our experienced dentists. They will review your medical history and examine your teeth, both clinically and with X-rays. Following this, the second appointment will see the patient undergo the procedure while under local anaesthetic. For anxious patients, we can provide Intra-venous sedation throughout any of our procedures.
The dentist will raise the gum to pull the soft tissue away from the tooth, therefore, exposing the root and surrounding bone. They will then remove some bone from the root which will provide adequate room to install a crown.
Prospective patients looking for an alternative procedure to improve the appearance of their gummy smile could benefit from laser gum reshaping.
During the procedure, the dentist will gently trim small amounts of excess gum tissue and reshape the gums with a soft tissue laser. All of which will be performed under a local anaesthetic. There will be minimal postoperative blood or swelling due to the nature of the laser treatment.
The soft tissue laser used to carry out this procedure allows patients to heal quickly with little discomfort caused, helping them enjoy a dazzling Hollywood smile in a short period of time.