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Gum Reshaping: What is it and how can it affect your smile?

Have you ever been told that you have a “gummy” smile, or perhaps you have experienced pain from receding gum tissue? If you find yourself relating to this statement, call Dr. Paul Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas today to schedule a consultation to learn how you can have a perfect smile with the help of a gum reshaping treatment plan. 

 
Gum shaping or gum contouring involves the removal of excess gum tissue, either manually or more commonly with a laser to improve the appearance of the gum line. Ideally, the gum line should appear even and smooth, acting as a frame to compliment a person’s smile. Receding gum lines due to aging, natural wear of the gum tissue, or periodontal disease can also be repaired with gum surgery through the process of a gum graft. To better prepare you for your consultation, we have prepared a simple breakdown of what you may expect from either gum contouring or gum grafting.


Gum Contouring

Gone are the days of painful gum reconstruction through the use of a scalpel, and in are the days of laser technology. Most gum reshaping procedures require only one office visit and require very minimal and painless down time. 

  • Local anesthetic is applied to alleviate discomfort.
  • A diode laser is then used to gently remove excess gum tissue, re-contour the gum line, and seal the remaining tissue.
  • This can all be done with very little pain and no bleeding or stitches.
  • Light swelling may last for up to a week, but should not interfere with your daily activities. Image title






Gum Tissue Grafting

Maybe having excess gum tissue is not your chief complaint, but rather you have the opposite. Gum tissue grafting may be necessary if you are experiencing hypersensitivity due to an exposed root surface or if your gum tissue has begun to recede due to root decay. During gum grafting surgery, your doctor will most likely take connective tissue from the roof of your mouth and suture it to the gum line, allowing for more tissue to grow and closing the exposed root surface.

  • Anesthesia will be used; your insurance may determine if you are awake but numb, if you are given an oral medication, or if you will qualify for an IV drip. 
  • Depending on your specific needs, one of two types of grafts may be conducted; connective tissue graft of the free gingival graft.
  • Connective tissue grafts are the most commonly performed. The doctor will make an incision onto the roof of your mouth, removing the tissue that is just under the surface to repair the receding gum line. 
  • Free gingival grafts are very similar to the connective tissue graft, but use the tissue directly from the roof of your mouth. This option is used to help thicken the gum line.
  • Recovery from gum grafting surgery is a lot like recovering from getting your wisdom teeth removed; strict diet, cool foods, and minimal physical activity. Plan for a 6-8 week recovery.
  • The amount of pain you experience will be determined by the type of procedure performed. 

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Do not suffer any longer with a “gummy” or receding smile that leaves you self-conscious or in pain. Call Dr. Reese in Mountain Home today at (870) 424-5900 or visit www.reesedenistry.com to schedule your consultation to determine the best treatment plan for you.  



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Tooth Loss - Dental Implants vs. Dentures (full and partial)

Many of us can remember the thrill and the excitement we felt as a kid when we lost a tooth. Losing your teeth was a rite of passage, a sign you were growing older and wiser. Fast forward to the present and losing a tooth or multiple teeth has now lost its glorification.

There is a lot to think about when you lose a tooth and how it should be replaced; having a consultation with Dr. Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas can help you to decide the best method of treatment. To help answer any questions you may have before your consultation with Dr.Reese, we have compared two options: dental implants and complete or partial dentures (bridges).

1. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth with the help of artificial roots, typically made of titanium secured directly into the jawbone. Once the post has been surgically secured, your bone and gums will grow around the implant to hold it into place. After the post has been secured, a single false tooth, called a crown, can be screwed onto a single implant.

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Advantages

  • Long Lasting- Although there has been some debate on the longevity of dental implants, it is believed that they will last on average,15 years, while some can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

  • Natural Function- Dental implants are the best option for having a natural appearance. Dental implants also function as well as your natural teeth, not prohibiting what you eat and how you brush or floss.

  • Adhesive Free- Dental implants do not require daily adhesive and soaking in a cleanser. With the implant being secured directly into the jaw bone, you will not face the situation of your tooth suddenly falling out or slipping.

Disadvantages

  • Requires Surgery- Dental implants will require surgery to secure the titanium posts into your jawbone. This surgery is necessary to create a natural look without the potential of further gum and jawbone deterioration.

  • Costly- Due 

  • to the intensive process and surgical procedures, you will see a higher cost with dental implants.

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2. Dentures are a removable option for tooth loss. A full set of dentures can be used to replace missing teeth either on the upper or lower jaw, or both. If a full set is not needed, partial dentures may be used to fill in the gaps. The denture is comprised of materials recreated to appearas natural teeth supported by an acrylic base made to look like gums. Dentures can be held into place by dental implants or adhesives.

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Advantages

  • No Surgery Required- The word surgery can be rather intimidating for some or simply not an option due to further health risks. Dentures can be placed without any type of surgical procedure.

  • Affordable- When a solution is needed without the fear of going into major financial debt, dentures can be a more cost effective method in tooth replacement.

  • Adjustable- Whether you have a full or partial set of dentures, they can be removed or adjusted easily to fit your mouth over time.

Disadvantages

  • Extensive Maintenance- Dentures must be cleaned properly and regularly to prevent any further gum damage. With a bridge, or partial denture, if not cleaned, plaque can build up creating a higher risk for periodontal disease or additional tooth loss.

  • Loss of Natural Function- With dentures, certain foods will be prohibited as the dentures may crack or become loose. As denture adhesive loosens, you will become more vulnerable to impaired speech, clicking noises, and tooth slippage.

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Whether you are in need of having a single tooth or multiple teeth replaced, now is the time to make your smile great again with the help of Dr.Paul Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Call (870) 424-5900 to schedule your consultation today and see for yourself why Dr. Reese has been voted Best of Twin Lakes for five years in row! Dr. Reese will put you at ease while he personalizes the best plan of care to meet your needs.



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