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Are you embarrassed when you smile because you feel like too much of your gum is showing? If so, you might be wondering, “Do I have a gummy smile?” A gummy smile is a smile that shows an excessive amount of gum under the upper lip. It can often lead to poor self-esteem. But the good news is that Dr. Hanna Mansoor’s gummy smile correction in Gilbert, AZ can transform your smile safely and with virtually no pain.
Do I have a gummy smile?
You may be diagnosed with a gummy smile if you have more than a couple millimeters of exposed gingiva—the gum tissue between your teeth and upper lip. This condition is also called “gingival excess” or “exacerbated gingival display.”
The effects of a gummy smile
A smile is much more than just a facial movement. Having an imbalanced smile can reduce your confidence and self-esteem. Research has shown that people recognize and prefer specific shapes and ratios when they look at faces.
For example, in one study, researchers found that people thought a smile was unattractive if it showed three millimeters or more of space between the gum and upper lip. Other researchers have found that for women, a normal amount of visible gingiva may be only one or two millimeters maximum.
Why do some people have gummy smiles?
Gummy smiles are tied to your genetics, and they are more common in women than men.
A gummy smile may be caused by:
- Excessive gum tissue
- A short upper lip or hyperactive muscles in the lip that raise higher than normal
- Excessive bulging of the upper jaw
- Other abnormal structural conditions
How to fix gummy smiles
A gummy smile may be treated by:
- Surgery to sever muscles in the upper lip
- Surgery to reduce the amount of gum (also called crown lengthening)
- Botox to reduce movement in the upper lip
At Smiles by Hanna, Dr. Hanna Mansoor uses WaterLase laser technology to perform gummy smile correction without surgery. The procedure is quick and virtually pain-free.
Gummy smile correction in Gilbert, AZ
Have you been wondering, “Do I have a gummy smile?” Call our dentist office today to talk about gummy smile correction in Gilbert, AZ. Dr. Hanna Mansoor is committed to helping you transform your smile so you can feel better about your appearance.
If your baby has trouble breastfeeding, you might want to consider a laser frenectomy for your infant. This procedure removes tight tissues in the mouth that can cause problems with feeding and speech later on. At Smiles by Hanna, we use a virtually pain-free laser frenectomy technology called WaterLase.
What is a frenectomy?
Frenum are pieces of tissue that connect to mobile organs in your body. For example, tissue connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth. If that tissue is too tight and impedes tongue function, lingual frenectomy with laser can remove it.
Traditionally, a surgeon performs a frenectomy by numbing with anesthesia and cutting with a scalpel. However, at Smiles by Hanna, we perform laser frenectomy, which is easier on the patient.
When does an infant need a frenectomy?
An infant may need a frenectomy if the tissue restricts tongue function. In a condition commonly called “tongue-tie,” tissue on the bottom of the tongue extends too far along the tongue. The medical term is ankyloglossia.
A tongue-tied infant may have discomfort or problems with breastfeeding. Frenum abnormalities may lead to trouble eating or speaking properly.
Can a frenectomy improve breastfeeding?
Research shows that a frenectomy can improve breastfeeding. For example, in a study of 50 babies randomized into a frenectomy group and a control group, the frenectomy group showed more improvement in breastfeeding.
A literature review of frenectomy studies found that a frenectomy offered the best chance of improved breastfeeding and did not lead to complications.
Benefits of laser frenectomy
Laser dentistry options are quicker and easier than traditional surgery, which is especially important for infants.
In a study of patients randomly assigned to a traditional or laser technique, the laser frenectomy patients had less postoperative pain and fewer complications with speaking and chewing.
Frenectomy with WaterLase
At Smiles by Hanna, we use WasterLase for laser frenectomy. WaterLase combines water, air, and laser energy to remove frenum without heat or vibration.
Laser frenectomy with WaterLase:
- Is virtually pain-free
- Requires no anesthesia
- Takes less time
- Has a lower risk of infection
- Produces very little bleeding
- Requires no sutures
- Heals faster
Laser frenectomy in Gilbert, AZ
If you’re looking for laser frenectomy in Gilbert, Arizona, contact our office today. It can be scary to seek treatment for your infant. Dr. Hanna Mansoor provides quality and compassionate care for even her youngest patients.
Tori dental removal is a process that we perform in our Gilbert office. Learn more about the removal process of dental tori by reading below.
Does a tori dental removal hurt?
Dental tori are bony growths in the mouth that can cause irritation or discomfort. Sometimes it’s necessary to have tori removed. But does a tori dental removal hurt? You may be relieved to learn that it doesn’t have to, especially with cutting-edge WaterLase therapy.
What are dental tori?
If you feel a bump in your mouth around your teeth, you may have a mandibular torus—a growth of excess bone around your jaw. Tori can be caused by:
- Genetic factors
- Teeth grinding (known as bruxism)
- Stress on the jaw
Often, tori are harmless, but they can cause irritation and make some dental procedures difficult. For example, you may need to have a mandibular torus removed to get fitted for dentures.
Is tori dental removal painful?
Due to laser technology, tori dental removal can be virtually pain-free.
The traditional method of tori removal is surgery—involving anesthesia—to have the tori cut out. But newer laser technologies can reduce pain and the need for anesthesia.
At Smiles By Hanna, we use WaterLase technology for pain-free tori removal.
WaterLase for tori dental removal
WaterLase combines laser energy with water and air to remove tori without drills or needles. Most of the time, patients don’t need anesthesia. They usually just feel a cooling sensation because the laser does not cause painful heat or vibration.
Benefits of WaterLase treatment include:
- Reduced need for anesthesia—usually, none is needed
- Virtually no pain
- Less risk of bleeding or infection
- Quicker and easier tori removal recovery
- Reduced patient fear and anxiety about surgery
Pain-free tori removal in Gilbert, AZ
Have you been told you need tori removal, but you’re nervous about drills, needles, and pain? Are you wondering, “Does tori dental removal hurt?”
At Smiles By Hanna, we rely on cutting-edge technology for pain-free tori removal in Gilbert, AZ. Dr. Hanna Mansoor is committed to helping her patients get the dental care they need without pain and fear. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
What causes dental tori? You might be surprised.
If you’ve ever noticed a bump on the inside of your mouth near where your teeth connect to your jawbone, you may have a dental torus. The technical term is a torus mandibularis—the plural is tori. They’re normally harmless, and many people don’t even realize they have them. So what causes dental tori?
What Are Dental Tori?
Dental tori are bone overgrowths that may occur in the roof of the mouth, the inside of the jaw, or near the upper molars on the check. Dental tori often occur in pairs, one on each side of the mouth.
What Causes Dental Tori?
The truth is, we don’t always know what causes dental tori. Some causes may include:
- Buxism—clenching your jaws or grinding your teeth at night
- Face or jaw injuries
- Other stresses on the jawbone
Dental Tori Treatment
The good news is that many dental tori do not need treatment. But it’s a smart idea to get them checked out and monitored.
Your dentist may recommend dental tori removal if they are painful, cause discomfort, or interfere with braces, dentures, or other devices.
Dental Tori Removal in Arizona
In most cases, dental tori are removed through dental surgery. The tori are cut out or shaved down. Many people feel anxious about surgery and anesthesia. But there is a less-invasive option for dental tori removal.
Dr. Hanna Mansoor instead offers simple, painless dental tori removal in Gilbert, AZ. Her team uses a device called WaterLase to remove tori without general anesthesia.
What Should I do if I Have Dental Tori?
Have you noticed bumps on the inside of your mouth that may be dental tori? It may not be possible to know what causes dental tori in your situation, but it’s important to have them checked and monitored by a dentist.
If you’re looking for dental tori removal in Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, or Mesa, AZ, contact our dentist office today. Dr. Hanna Mansoor is committed to helping her patients live fulfilling lives without oral pain or discomfort.
The benefits of dental implants are eye opening. Lost teeth can lead to decreased self-esteem and a less fulfilling life. Dental implants provide a solution that looks and feels natural, restoring your smile and confidence. The benefits of dental implants can extend to individuals who are missing one tooth, several teeth, or even all of their teeth. Here’s how.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth. The implant replicates a tooth root and is surgically placed into your jawbone. After your mouth heals and the implant forms a bond with the bone, the dental team places a crown for each tooth—the white portion that creates your smile.
Benefits of dental implants
There are many benefits of dental implants, most of these because they replicate the structure of your natural teeth.
Dental implants look and feel natural
Dental implants feel natural, much like your original teeth—and they look natural to others. The implant is stable and comfortable. It won’t slip or move.
Dental implants are long-lasting
Dental implants provide a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. With proper care, they can last a lifetime, as opposed to other procedures that may need to be redone after five to ten years.
Dental implants promote healthy bone and tissue
The jawbone begins to deteriorate without tooth roots to stimulate it. Because dental implants fuse with your jawbone, they promote healthy bone and tissue.
Dental implants let you eat without pain
Dental implants allow you to eat what you want without discomfort. Because they’re stable and comfortable, you can once again enjoy your favorite foods without worry.
Dental implants increase confidence and self-esteem
Many people who are missing teeth feel a loss of self-esteem. Dental implants can provide a natural-looking smile and restore your confidence.
Are dental implants safe?
When performed by an experienced professional, a dental implants procedure is safe and effective. Because the implant fuses with your bone, it locks into place, creating a sturdy foundation for your replacement teeth.
Get started today!
Are you ready to take the first step toward affordable dental implants? Dr. Hanna Mansoor is committed to restoring patients’ confidence and improving their oral health. Contact our Gilbert, AZ dentist office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mansoor to talk about dental implants.
Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard Options vary from patient to patient.
For people with obstructive sleep apnea, sleeping with a CPAP machine can sometimes be just as frustrating as not getting any sleep at all. The bulky machinery and loud noises might even cause your sleep partner to pick another bedroom. If you’re CPAP intolerant or unable to go another day like this, you might want to talk to our Gilbert dentist about an oral appliance for sleeping disorders.
Here is a detailed list of Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard Options.
Oral Sleep Apnea Appliances
Rather than forcing oxygen through your airway with a machine, an oral appliance naturally opens your airway near the back of your throat. Through the use of a custom mouthpiece, Dr. Hanna can help to reposition your jaw in a way that prevents soft tissues from collapsing together and sealing of oxygen flow.
Each sleep apnea appliance is carefully made to fit our individual patients. In fact, we’ll even want to talk to your sleep physician or pulmonologist before making the device. If you already have a prescription for an oral sleep appliance, we’re happy to get started!
A Quiet, Non-Invasive Way to Sleep Better
Because a sleep apnea mouth guard doesn’t require any extra equipment to work, you can sleep more quietly (even on your side!) It’s also portable, making it easy to take with you on vacation or out of town trips over the weekend. If you share your bedroom, your sleep partner will more than likely be thrilled with the absence of a noisy CPAP machine.
At Smiles by Hanna, we work with individuals who have sleep apnea to help them find a comfortable, non-invasive solution for a better night’s rest. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, Dr. Hanna is happy to discuss options with you and screen you for oral signs of sleeping disorders. Call us today.
Dental lasers use light energy to accomplish everything from preparing a tooth for a filling, to performing soft tissue surgeries like frenectomies or gingivectomies. Speaking of gingivectomies, Dr. Hanna often uses our WaterLase laser to correct areas of excessive gum tissue…or “gummy smiles” as our patients not-so-fondly refer to them.
Causes of a Gummy Smile
A “gummy” smile is usually due to having too much gum tissue covering the teeth. This causes your tooth to look shorter than it really is. The excessive gingiva growth can be something hereditary, or even due to specific types of medication that you’ve been on. When it grows over the tooth, less enamel is visible…and when you smile, your grin looks like more gums than teeth.
How a Dental Laser Helps
With a laser, we can remove and reshape your gums, creating a more natural and aesthetically pleasing gingival contour. This exposes more of your tooth enamel and creates a fuller looking smile.
Because of how non-invasive dental lasers are, this procedure usually requires little to no local anesthetic whatsoever. That’s right…you might not have to be numbed up! As Dr. Hanna reshapes your gumlines, the laser gently cauterizes the edges of the gingiva, preventing them from bleeding. This technique also reduces recovery time and post-procedure discomfort. Most people do not even need to take a pain reliever afterward.
Dental Lasers – Part of Your Comprehensive Smile Makeover
A laser gum procedure usually takes a matter of minutes — depending on how many teeth are involved — which makes a gummy smile treatment one of the “fastest” ways to makeover your smile!
You may want to consider pairing this treatment with other cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening or veneers, for a comprehensive approach. Even when performed alone, laser gum treatments at our Gilbert, AZ office can significantly boost your smile’s appearance (and your self-confidence!)
There are many types of sleep apnea devices on the market today. If you suffer from daytime drowsiness, you actually may be experiencing sleep apnea at night. Two major types of sleep apnea devices are available to help you get a better night’s sleep: traditional CPAP machines and custom-fitted dental sleep devices.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that occurs when your airways constrict or close briefly while you’re sleeping. During these moments, your brain awakens and reacts to keep you breathing. This may happen many times a night, leaving you tired during the day.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Gasping during sleep
- Memory and focus problems
- Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
Types of sleep apnea devices
Fortunately, effective treatments can resolve sleep apnea problems. Sleep apnea devices help to prevent your airways from constricting or closing. You may have heard of a CPAP machine—the most common sleep apnea treatment for many years. Now, however, many types of sleep apnea devices are available, so you can find the option that works best for you.
A continuous positive airway pressure—or CPAP—machine keeps your airways open by softly blowing air through them. A mask is worn over the mouth while the device pushes air through a tube. Similar sleep apnea devices include VPAP (variable positive airway pressure) and APAP (automatic positive airway pressure).
These devices provide relief for many, but some people find a sleep apnea machine difficult to get used to—and it may not be necessary.
Dental sleep appliances
A dental sleep appliance is like a mouth guard that you wear at night. Custom-fitted by a dentist, these devices position your jaw for better air movement. They are sometimes called mandibular advancement devices (MAD).
Many different brands and options are available. A highly-trained dentist can talk to you about which sleep apnea mouth guard will be the best fit for you.
Is a dental sleep appliance or CPAP machine better?
For many people, a CPAP machine may be too uncomfortable or noisy and an oral appliance for sleep apnea may be a better option. Even if you’ve never tried a sleep apnea machine, you may have success with a dental sleep appliance. Using a mouthpiece for sleep apnea is easier and more comfortable, so it may be a good first line treatment.
Your dentist will work closely with you to figure out the best option for your case of sleep apnea. They may have you complete a take-home sleep survey or even visit a sleep doctor to determine the extent of your symptoms.
Are you ready to find a better night’s sleep? Dr. Hanna Mansoor is committed to helping her patients find relief with the least invasive sleep apnea devices that will work for them. Contact our Gilbert, AZ dentist office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mansoor to talk about your sleep apnea options.
Dental Implant Options vary depending upon what you need.
There’s a good chance that you’ve heard just how effective dental implants are for replacing your missing teeth. At our Gilbert, AZ practice, we’ve seen just how life-changing these new, artificial “teeth” can be for someone who needs to restore their smile.
Thanks to the versatility and stability of modern dental implants, we can use them to support a variety of different restorations. Whether you have one single missing tooth, or are looking for an alternative to a removable full denture, implants provide a promising alternative to more traditional types of dental reconstruction.
Here are a few Dental Implant Options:
A Single Implant with a Custom Porcelain Crown
Traditionally, a missing tooth would be replaced with a bridge that is anchored over two healthy, reshaped teeth. Instead, we can place your implant and use it as an artificial “root” to support a custom designed crown. Your new smile will look and feel more like the real thing than any other restorative option.
Multiple-Tooth Dental Implant Supported Bridge
Avoid the need for a partial denture by using an implant bridge to replace multiple teeth in a row. Depending on how many teeth are missing, your bridge can be supported by as few as two implants.
Enjoy a streamlined denture design that’s easier to speak and enjoy your favorite foods with. These horseshoe shaped dentures are affixed permanently to your implants, so they never shift out of place. They also free up the roof of your mouth!
Comprehensive Implant Dentistry in Gilbert
Thanks to our on-board, licensed periodontist, Smiles by Hanna can arrange for your entire implant procedure (surgery and restoration) to be completed in our Gilbert practice. You won’t have to go back-and-forth between multiple offices, saving you valuable time and money.
Are you a candidate for these technologically advanced missing tooth restorations? Book a complimentary consultation with us today.
Need Veneers? Veneers are an important part to a healthy smile.
Dreaming of a dazzling smile makeover, but don’t have a lot of time to spare? Dental veneers at Smiles by Hanna could be the perfect choice when it comes to having the smile of your dreams. But before you consider veneers, it’s important to know exactly what they are and how they work.
Need Veneers – An Aesthetic Treatment for Healthy Teeth
So you think you need veneers? Dental veneers are for aesthetic purposes only — not to repair damaged teeth, the way a crown would work — as such, your teeth need to be relatively healthy before we can start the treatment.
The fingernail-thin porcelain shells are bonded directly to the front of your prepared tooth. Each veneer creates the illusion that your enamel has completely been transformed in its size, shape, and color. You can specify everything from the shade to the exact contour of each “tooth.”
Placing several veneers side-by-side across the front of your smile can quickly transform your appearance in a dramatic way. Some people even refer to them as “instant braces.”
Need Veneers – Common Cosmetic Dental Concerns Addressed
Still think you need veneers? We think so too. Keep in mind, veneers are ideal for masking aesthetic imperfections, such as teeth that look:
- Crooked, crowded, or gapped
- Uneven, worn, or chipped
- Stained or discolored
What to Expect During Your Treatment
Getting veneers involves an initial consultation with Dr. Hanna to discuss what aspects of your smile you would like to change. Then, you’ll return to our office to have your teeth gently reshaped and an impression made. From there, Dr. Hanna will create a mock-up of your ideal smile. About two weeks later, your permanent veneers are ready for us to bond onto your teeth.
Smiles by Hanna is currently accepting new patients! Book a visit with our cosmetic dentist in Gilbert, AZ to find out if custom porcelain veneers are right for you. Be sure to ask about our convenient financing option.