An ideal smile is associated with, among other things, a balance between the prominence of your teeth and your gums. If your teeth appear too big, that’s not good, but neither is it when your gums dominate. In the latter case, you can achieve correction for it through our crown lengthening procedure here at the periodontal office of Michael L. Bolden, DDS. Get the expert care that you can depend on for outstanding results.
Too much visual gum tissue, or a gummy smile, is one reason to take advantage of our periodontal surgery in Prospect Heights, but not the only one. There are practical matters that can have an impact on the health of your teeth. For example, placing a dental crown, a large filling, or repairing a damaged tooth can become very challenging or even impossible due to the excessive gum tissue that is covering the area to be worked on. Fortunately, our periodontal surgery in Prospect Heights will achieve the desired results. It is performed under sufficient local anesthesia, assuring you of a comfortable experience. Our periodontal specialist removes the gum tissue you don’t need. Once the work is done and the anesthesia wears off, you may have a degree of discomfort, which can typically be addressed with over-the-counter pain relief medication. As with other oral surgery, such as extractions, you should eat soft foods for the first 24 hours so as not to irritate the surgical site. Your stitches will be removed in about a week to ten days. Full healing may take a few months, but one you have your stitches out, you will be able to go about things normally for the most part.
You don’t have to live with a gummy smile or the hindrances it can cause. Contact our office to schedule a consultation for our periodontal surgery in Prospect Heights.