I am suffering from periodontal disease. I have searched for a cosmetic dentist that does gingival masks in my area and haven’t found one. Would you have any idea what I should search for?
My gums have receded a lot, so I have large black triangles between my front teeth. And then I and am scheduled for gum surgery in the near future which is going to make them look worse. It’s a very unsightly thing and seems to be getting worse, and I think a gingival mask would help a lot.
Also, have you seen gums come back to fill these triangles in after gum surgery, seems the future of my once nice smile is in jeopardy. I just want to be able to smile confidently again, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Mike from Michigan
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Here’s the thing on gingival masks. Even cosmetic dentists who do a lot of appearance-related dentistry don’t get calls for them very often, so they’re very unlikely to mention them on their websites. And if you call the office, the receptionist is likely to not know what you are talking about. But any dentist who is seriously into aesthetic dentistry is going to be able to do this for you and do a nice job.
The concept of a gingival mask is fairly simple. It’s simply a piece of silicone shaped to fit over these black triangles between your front teeth and colored to look like gum tissue. It has little tags that slip through those black triangles and help anchor it into place.
Silicone is used in dentistry for several purposes—soft denture liners for one. So any dental lab that does dentures should be able to make them. And all the dentist has to do is send a good plaster model to the dental lab. So any dentist who is really into cosmetic dentistry should be able to make this.
So my suggestion would be to simply make an appointment with any cosmetic dentist that I recommend on this website, and I’m confident they could do this for you.
And no, your gum is not going to grow back. Sometimes this may be able to be corrected surgically, but that can be tricky and will work in limited circumstances. The gingival mask prosthesis however will address the aesthetics of your situation, if you have a high lip line that shows your gums. If the black triangles aren’t too large, you could widen the teeth at the gumline with dental bonding. But if you have large black triangles as you say you have, that would give you long teeth with odd shapes, but a gingival mask will make the teeth look shorter and will completely cover the black triangles.
– Dr. Hall
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About David A. Hall
Dr. David A. Hall was one of the first 40 accredited cosmetic dentists in the world. He practiced cosmetic dentistry in Iowa, and in 1990 earned his accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is now president of Infinity Dental Web, a company in Mesa, Arizona that does advanced internet marketing for dentists.
Kelley Chandler says
Can you please point me in the direction of a dentist in the Las Vegas/Henderson, Nevada area that can make a gingival mask. All of the places I have called have never heard of one. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
– Kelley Chandler
I’ll bet the problem is that you’re talking to the staff and it’s the STAFF who have never heard of this. You need to talk to the dentist. And even if the dentist hasn’t heard of the gingival mask, he or she just has to call a lab like Glidewell lab or the Chromeworks Lab mentioned above and they will tell the dentist that they will be happy to take the case and will tell them what they need in order to make one. Any dentist who is passionate about cosmetic dentistry and does other beautiful work should be able to help you, even if they’ve never done one before.
– Dr. Hall