March 29th, 2013
Some cosmetic dental treatments can actually sound quite squeamish but if you want to rid yourself of issues that have bothered you for years, you will have to opt for the pain to get the gain. However, in reality many procedures are considered almost pain-free these days, thanks to the glory that is laser surgery and one treatment that has benefited incredibly from this is gum contouring. Excessive gums can look rather unsightly and can make your feel uncomfortable and self-conscious when you smile. But if you go for this treatment, you can revolutionise the way you smile in just a mere 30 minutes. Once you have been given a local anaesthetic to numb the gums, the laser will cut away the excess tissue from the main teeth that show that ‘gummy’ smile. Half an hour later, you are done, though in some cases, a return visit may be required for further cosmetic treatments such as veneers or dental bonding to protect the new exposed areas of your teeth. In the following days, there may be some discomfort, but this can be overcome with painkillers and as long as you use a medicated mouthwash, healing will be quick. If you want to know more about this in Molesey, try contacting Mulberry Dental. Though they are based in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, they do serve the area and are always willing to give out advice on anything dental.
March 9th, 2010
When something happens to your teeth that causes pain or discomfort, such as dental trauma during an accident or tooth decay, your dentist will be able to discover the root of the problem and offer treatment to alleviate the pain and protect your teeth from further damage. However, there are other occasions when there is technically nothing wrong with your teeth but simply their appearance is causing you anxiety. This is when your Shepperton dentist could employ a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments to restore the appearance of your smile.
Common complaints that patients make about their teeth include issues with their colour, alignment and, size and shape of gum tissue. All of these and many other complaints can be corrected with a variety of procedures ranging from affordable to expensive and simple to very complex.
For example, teeth that have lost their colour or are affected by discolouration can be treated in a number of ways. Tooth whitening treatments are perhaps the best known of all the cosmetic treatments because of how simple and affordable they are. A special gel is applied to the teeth, which reacts with the tooth enamel, bleaching it whiter to make it look more natural and healthy. Discoloured teeth can also be treated with dental bonding or, in some cases, with a set of porcelain veneers.
New dental technology such as digital x-rays and dental lasers have broadened the limits of possibility in cosmetic dentistry to the point that there are now very few cases, if any, of teeth that could not be almost completely restored with a certain amount of work. It is also possible to have cosmetic treatments carried out on the gums using a dental laser to sculpt the tissue to look more attractive. This is called gum contouring and can have just as much of an impact on the teeth as a complete set of veneers. Ask your dentist fro more information about which procedure are available.
August 16th, 2009
Healthy looking gums frame the teeth. This framing of the teeth is just as important as the framing of a picture. Sometimes overly large or misshapen gums can lead to an appearance known as a gummy smile. This excess of gingival tissue affects 7% of adult males and 14% of females when in full smile. Although there is nothing wrong with the teeth themselves, the symmetrical appearance of the gums is just as important to a great smile as the teeth and a gummy smile can often be a source of embarrassment.
The overgrowth of gum tissue can be caused by several factors. It is often nothing more than a hereditary disposition but it can be caused by some common blood pressure medication. Excessive gum tissue can easily be treated by a process known as gum contouring or lifting.
This treatment consists of applying a local anaesthetic to the gums, and a laser is used to remove the small amounts of excess gum tissue and to reshape the edges of the gums. This is usually carried out on the six front teeth on the top row, which are usually most visible when smiling. Discomfort to the patient is kept to a minimum, as the blood vessels are sealed by the laser, allowing for a speedy healing process.
There may be occasion when tissue reshaping alone is not enough to solve the problem. In these circumstances the bone at the root of the front six teeth itself may have to be reduced. This is to make sure that the gums are the standard three millimeters from the bone. If this bone is not reduced there is a chance that the gum tissue may grow back. Although more complicated than a simple gum lift, it is still relatively comfortable for the patient.
Although not completely without risk, gum contouring is a relatively painless way to achieve the smile you always wanted. Surbiton dentist will be able to explain the treatment in more detail and assess whether gum contouring could be effective for you.