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Your teeth aren’t the only part of your mouth responsible for giving you a beautiful smile. The size and shape of your gums can have a huge impact on the quality of your smile as well. Thankfully, if your smile isn’t as beautiful as you’d like and your gums are to blame, your local dentist, Joseph Matievich, DDS at Family Smiles Dental Care in Rochester Hills, can help.
There are a few different ways your Rochester Hills dentist can treat your excessive or uneven gums. The three most common are a gum lift, gum grafts, and veneers.
A gum lift is a surgical procedure in which your Rochester Hills dentist will surgically remove the excess tissue from your gums and then sew the area back up again. This procedure is generally recommended for those who have an excessive amount of gum tissue, which either negatively affects their appearance or makes oral hygiene difficult.
If your gums are uneven or receding, however, your Rochester Hills dentist may recommend a gum graft instead. In a gum graft, your dentist will take extra tissue from either the roof of your mouth or another spot on your gums and add it to the receded area. This procedure helps prevent and treat tooth sensitivity, tooth loss and an awkward or unattractive smile.
Lastly, if your gums aren’t actually excessive, but look excessive next to your short teeth, your dentist may recommend veneers instead. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the visible surface of your front teeth. Veneers can help balance out the size of your teeth and gums for a more attractive smile.
Whether your gums are causing oral health issues or just making you embarrassed of your smile, the solution may be simpler than you might realize. Call Dr. Matievich at Family Smiles Dental Care in Rochester Hills to find out what your dentist can do for you.
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