Cosmetic Dentistry in Charlotte: Correcting a Gummy Smile with a “Gum Lift”
Smile Makeovers can take many shapes and forms, and it is so important IMO for a dentist to be fully informed and trained on DIAGNOSING all kinds of smile problems and knowing the APPROPRIATE recommendations to make, because if an improper diagnosis is made, then the wrong treatment can easily be chosen, which will only result in a less-than-satisfactory result and an unhappy patient. Here’s a perfect example:
Mia first came to my office in March of 2007 to ask if Porcelain Veneers could give her the smile she’d always wanted. Her complaint was that her teeth were too short and square, and she hoped that veneers could make them longer. However, the problem was NOT that her teeth were too short; the problem was that she had too much gum COVERING her teeth, making them appear shorter than they really were.
Mia’s Smile Before
As it turns out, Mia also had old dental crowns and bridges that were in need of replacement. Unfortunately, the dentist who had placed them 20 years ago did not recognize the excess gum problem (turns out there was also excess bone covering the teeth, but you probably don’t want to see the surgical photos, right? 😉 ), and so he placed the edges of the crowns and bridges too far under the gum, resulting in chronic gum irritation. The human body simply does not like it if you put dental materials (gold, amalgam, porcelain, composite resin, doesn’t matter) too close to the bone and too far under the gum, so the gums get irritated and will always bleed when brushing and flossing, sometimes even just to the touch. We’re replacing the existing dental work over time, but we were able to do the right side work at the same time as the “Cosmetic Gum Lift,” which really made a big improvement. (When looking at the photos, it’s on the left side of the pictures.)
So after plenty of consultation, Mia decided to go with the corrective gum surgery. The technical name for this is “Esthetic Crown Lengthening,” which simply means that we are making the teeth look prettier (esthetic) by making them look longer. She told us beforehand that she felt very nervous, but afterwards said that it was much easier and less uncomfortable than she’d expected, and her healing was much easier than she’d thought. Usually the only discomfort is some gum soreness, really.
Mia’s Smile After
Mia tells us she is simply THRILLED with her smile now, and it’s easy to see why!
And for Mia, one of the best parts of the whole treatment was that we were able to do everything right here at Smiles by Payet Dentistry, with no need to refer her to a specialist. I really loved giving Mia the smile that she’d always wanted, with no unnecessary drilling for porcelain veneers that would not have solved her problem in the first place. We did also replace her old crowns and bridge on the upper right, and with the excess gum tissue removed there, too, now she has no problems keeping the area clean, and her gums don’t bleed when she brushes or flossing. Next will be the upper left side.
July 13, 2009 - Posted by Dr. Charles Payet | Dental bridges, Esthetic crown lengthening, General dentistry, Gum lift, Gummy smile, Porcelain Veneers, Porcelain-and-metal crowns, Smile Makeover | Beautiful Smile, Before and After Pictures of Teeth, Charlotte cosmetic dentist, cosmetic dentist Charlotte, Cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Charles Payet, Esthetic crown lengthening, Gum Lift, Gummy smile, Smile Makeover, Smiles by Payet Dentistry
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Dr. Charles D. Payet and Our Team
Smiles by Payet Dentistry has been caring for patients since December 27th, 1999 in South Charlotte, and we recently moved to a new and improved location on Park Rd. I opened the practice 18 months after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in June 1998. While Smiles by Payet Dentistry is a General Dentistry practice, we offer an extremely wide range of services so our patients don’t need to see multiple specialists except in very complex cases. I am absolutely committed to constant learning and improvement, and have attended lectures and seminars by many of the nation’s premier post-graduate teaching institutions and lecturers in order to stay as current with the most modern techniques and materials possible. 50-75 hours per year in Continuing Education is not unusual for me, and in 2009 my goal is 75-100 hours.
Our Smiles by Payet Dentistry Team is currently comprised of the following people, whom you will truly enjoy meeting and choosing as your primary dental healthcare providers:
Rosemary B. is one of our Certified Dental Assistants and has been with us since back in 2007. A mother of 3 grown boys and a proud grandma to 2 grandchildren, she’s one of those people who just loves to help take care of people. With over 20 years of experience in dentistry, she is very knowledgeable and can answer most any of your questions. Along with Marie, she is there with me during your treatment to make it go as smoothly as possible.
Samantha H. is our new (as of Summer 2010) full-time Orthodontic Dental Assistant. We are excited to have her on board to help take care of our growing family of patients with either 6MonthSmiles Cosmetic Adult Braces or Tip-Edge Comprehensive Orthodontics. With 13 years of experience in a full-time orthodontic office, she brings a lot of knowledge on how to make your braces appointments fast and smooth.
Katrina B. (Insurance/Financial Coordinator) is our newest team member, and one we are really excited to have found. She says she is excited about finding us to work with, too. 🙂 She has been in dentistry for 22 years, having started as a dental assistant. Since her Dad was in the Navy, she was actually born in Morocco, Africa (!) and grew up in cool places like Guam and Hawaii, but she considers Fort Mill her home and moved back there in 2009. She is happily married with 2 children who keep her busy, but in her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, crafts, and singing in her church choir.
Adrianne M. (Registered Dental Hygienist) joined us early in 2010 and has been helping us keep our patients healthy and educated on taking good care of their teeth. With 11 years experience and a passion for particularly helping patients with periodontal disease, she is very excited about being part of an office that offers Laser Periodontal TherapyTM. She really enjoys going to local health fairs to educate the public on the importance of good dental health, especially in Hispanic communities, as she speaks Spanish. She has a 4yo daughter who is an incredible bundle of energy, so the rest of her free time is spent taking care of her daughter.
We are blessed to have a Team that really enjoys working together, and their combined 100+ years of dental knowledge and experience are melded to provide you some of the finest dental care available.
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