Just as trees grow in the soil, our teeth are embedded in our gums. Healthy gums are an essential part of dentistry. Cosmetic dentists start with gum treatment as the core of their procedures. This is why dentists bang on about flossing all the time, because flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque on teeth and below the gums. Plaque is formed due to saliva, food particles and oral bacteria combining within your mouth. Not removing plaque can mean gum inflammation and tooth decay. A good cosmetic dentist will ensure a first service aspect will be treatment for gum disease.
Gingivitis & Periodontitis
The two stages of gum disease are Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early manifestation of gum disease and is, usually, seen as irritation, redness and swelling of the gums. Bleeding gums after brushing is a sure sign that you are suffering from this condition. Receding gums can result via gingivitis and this can lead to plaque on the exposed root surfaces of the teeth. The next stage of untreated gingivitis is Periodontitis, and this affects the tissues and bone supporting your teeth. This serious condition results in pockets of bacteria and teeth loosening before falling out.
Cosmetic Approaches to Gums
Too much exposed gum is a common cause for complaint and a motivator for cosmetic dentistry among many in the 21C. Cosmetic dentistry can laser contour gums to create less visible gum and more teeth in your smile. Too much exposed gum can, also, be due to small teeth or a short upper lip. Surgical gum treatment can remove too much gum to affect the desired look. Another approach may, indeed be Botox, because your gums are in great shape, but you have an overactive smile.
Veneers can assist in producing a more substantial toothy smile, with all the desired shape and colour. Cosmetic dentists have a number of tricks in their bag to help you achieve the appearance you so desire. We live in an enhanced cosmetic world, where expectations regarding appearance are greater than ever before. Think of the ever-more superficial social media focus of our lives in the 21C. We are constantly being asked to post an image for this and that. Our families have become pseudo photojournalists snapping away with their smart phone cameras day and night. We all want to have a pleasing smile to share with our friends and loved ones. Smile you are on candid camera 24/7.