Peter J Waidzunas, DDS, Ltd


Windsor Court I Office Centre

501 N. Riverside Dr.  Suite 119

Gurnee, Illinois, 60031


Cosmetic Gum Treatment


As part of the smile design process for cosmetic dentistry cases, Dr. Waidzunas will always evaluate the health and appearance of the gum tissue. We tend to think of a smile as being comprised of teeth only, but the amount, symmetry and contour of the gum tissue can make or break the final result.


As you can see in the cosmetic dentistry shown below, a common problem is asymmetrical gum tissue. The gum tissue is oftentimes lower on one front tooth than the other, creating the appearance that one tooth is longer than the other. Porcelain Veneers look remarkably better when the tissue contour is correct.


Another common problem is displaying too much gum. This is commonly referred to as a "gummy smile." The teeth appear to be too small but actually they are normal size but just covered with excess gum tissue. How are these problems corrected


To the right are pictures of a veneer case we finished recently.  We performed a gum lift to enhance the smile line and then porcelain veneers were placed to correct the angulation of the teeth to create a more full and symmetrical smile.  Not to mention whiter and brighter!




Phone: 1.847.336.7300

Windsor Court I Office Centre

501 N. Riverside Drive  Suite 119

Gurnee, IL  60031