Gummy Smile/Gum Lift

Gummy Smile/Gum Lift

Generally a smile shows eight to ten upper teeth, with almost no gum showing above them. Certain pathologic and physiologic conditions, however, may cause some individuals’ smiles to expose a great deal of gum above the upper front teeth, making them look shorter. Much like the cuticles on your fingernail, the gums can cover your tooth structure, making your teeth appear short and fat instead of the shape that “Mother Nature” intended.

An artistic and trained cosmetic dentist like Dr. Benjamin can provide solutions for people with a gummy smile. For example, a gum lift, also known as gum sculpting or gingival contouring, may be an immediate solution for this problem. Gum contouring can be done to reduce the excess gum. The removal of this excess tissue allows for normal sized teeth and for a normal gum line appearance by using a laser to remove the undesirable tissue. This procedure is usually pretty quick to perform.

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    An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusp tips of the tooth. They are custom-made to fit the prepared cavity and are then cemented into place. An on-lay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth. On-lays are indicated in situations where a substantial reconstruction is required. However, more of the tooth structure can be conserved compared to the placement of a crown.

    To repair damage to the tooth’s biting surface, rather than using a simple filling or a crown, Dr. Benjamin will often use an inlay or an on-lay. Inlays and on-lays can be made from porcelain, gold or composite resin, although porcelain is now becoming the material of choice because of its strength and potential to match the natural color of your tooth.



    Dentures, whether full or partial, are a removable solution for replacement of multiple or completely missing teeth. This type of treatment is a choice when there is not sufficient or available support for a fixed bridge. We pride ourselves in creating beautiful new smiles for many who would not expect to smile like themselves again.



    Treat or Prevent Periodontal Disease!
    Dr. Benjamin may recommend using the laser to remove debris, infected gums and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause periodontal disease, bleeding gums, gum recession and even loss of teeth. The laser is highly effective at killing bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.

    Improve a Gummy Smile
    We can reshape your gums to improve the appearance of your smile by removing excess gum tissue (free gingiva) that gives you a “Gummy Smile” or makes your teeth appear irregular in size or shape.

    Remove Oral Growths!
    We can remove growths or excess tissue in your mouth such as gum tissue over an unerupted or partially erupted wisdom tooth, fibromas, amalgam tattoo and others.



    Using CEREC we are able to place your permanent, all ceramic restorations immediately—no temporary solutions! It is not only an effective and efficient system; it’s entertaining, too, as you can share our unique 3-dimensional view of your tooth on a screen that allows us to watch the whole 3D design process as it happens. It’s the world’s only system of this type, and we are proud that we have this proven technology in our office now, ready to create perfect, immediate restorations for our patients. Come in and see our CEREC technology today, and ask how it can make your ceramic restoration easy, effective and attractive!


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