Gum Aesthetics: Treating Gum Recession
One of the primary issues related to gum aesthetics is gum recession. It’s not a disease in itself but rather an alteration in the gum’s morphology, mainly caused by incorrect oral hygiene (excessive brushing) and potential occlusal traumas.
Although gum recession doesn’t result in tooth loss, it does lead to the exposure of tooth roots, causing subsequent aesthetic issues and hypersensitivity that can disturb the patient.
When recession reaches the alveolar mucosa, it often makes proper oral hygiene impossible, leading to secondary infections.
In addition to this classic recession, cases of untreated chronic periodontitis (contraction) or periodontitis in elderly individuals (“involution”) can also occur. Periodontal diseases, including gingivitis, periodontitis, and gum recession, are prevalent worldwide and affect almost the entire population.
In addition to these, there are numerous less common gum-related issues and defects in the periodontal tissue, classified in detail in 1999.
All problems related to gum aesthetics, apart from being a genuine oral health concern, also result in an unpleasant aesthetic effect. These issues are extremely common and should be prevented or treated without fail.
We invite you to contact us for an informative phone call and to schedule an appointment at our clinics to assess the problem and determine the solution.
How Gum Aesthetic Procedures Are Performed
One of the most common techniques used for gum aesthetics is mucogingival aesthetic plastic surgery, which involves reshaping misaligned gum tissue. This technique allows for the redesigning of the gum line to create a more uniform and proportionate smile and address aesthetic problems related to elongated or shortened teeth.
Gum plastic surgery can also be used to correct gum recession, where the gum tissue recedes, exposing parts of the tooth roots. Through techniques like gum grafting or gum repositioning, the dentist can reposition the missing tissue to cover the roots and restore the aesthetics and functionality of the gums.
A well-defined gum line, symmetrical gums, healthy pink gums, and a proper relationship between gums and teeth can significantly enhance the appearance of your smile. Furthermore, gum aesthetic treatment can also contribute to improving gum health by preventing issues such as gum recession and tooth sensitivity.