Archive for February, 2014

Signs of Tooth Erosion

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. The enamel is the hard calcified tissue that covers and protects the outside of the tooth. It is also the hardest substance in our bodies.

Causes of Tooth Erosion

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Tooth erosion, or tooth wear, is the loss of tooth structure caused by the weakening of dental enamel. Dental enamel is the thin, outer layer of hard tissue that helps maintain the tooth’s structure and shape. When the enamel weakens, it exposes the underlying dentin (the tissue that makes up the core of each tooth), causing the teeth to appear yellow.

Gummy Smile Treatment

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Gummy smile can have a negative affect on the esthetics of your smile. The good news is that a gummy smile can be corrected through various treatment options.Correcting a gummy smile can be accomplished by one of two possible simple surgical procedures. The first procedure is called a Gingivectomy. Gingivectomies are performed when the amount of gum reduction necessary is minimal such as in mild gummy smiles. During a Gingivectomy, a minimal amount of gum tissue is removed with a dental laser or by a technique known as radiosurgery. The procedure is painless, requires no sutures, and the gum tissues usually heal within two weeks.

Types of Gummy Smile

Friday, February 7th, 2014

When patients comment on their gummy smiles, they may be referring to a single tooth, a specific group of teeth, or the entire jaw containing all of the teeth, in both the upper and lower parts of the mouth. These gummy smiles may be caused by an array of factors, such as previous orthodontic treatment, developmental or genetic influences, or medication-induced reactions. Gummy smiles are classified according to the amount of gum tissue that shows in relation to how much tooth structure is displayed when smiling. These classifications are determined by measuring the patient’s gum tissue as a percentage of total tooth length. Gummy smiles range from mild, moderate, and advanced, to severe.