<b>What is Gum Contouring?</b>
Gum contouring is a type of cosmetic procedure that reshapes your teeth. Most often, gum contouring helps patients who have “gummy” smiles, or excessive gum tissue over front teeth. Contouring is done to remove this excess soft tissue to expose more tooth surface. It can help to create a fuller and more even-looking smile.
<b>Why is Gum Contouring needed?</b>
You might need or want gum contouring if you have a “gummy” or short smile. The procedure helps to remove excess soft tissue to reveal a healthy, full smile underneath. Contouring can be done on both pediatric and adult patients as needed. You may require gum contouring before other procedures, like when placing a full dental crown.
<b>Who is a good candidate for Gum Contouring?</b>
We perform an examination to determine if and when you may need professional gum contouring. Most patients who need this procedure done can safely come into our office for it. Gum contouring is helpful in providing you with a fuller and healthier-looking smile. It can be both cosmetic and restorative in nature, as it helps with keeping the underlying dentition cleaner.
<b>What happens during Gum Contouring?</b>
We begin by administering either a local or general anesthetic as needed. We then work by using specialized tools and instruments to remove the excess gum tissue. Sutures may or may not be needed depending on your specific needs. We carefully contour the gum tissue around the teeth so that it looks natural and even. Your gums will heal in about a week’s time and you can benefit from having a fuller, brighter smile. We can provide this treatment for both children and adults. A consultation and exam can help us to determine if a gum contouring is needed and if so, the specific treatment plan that is going to be right for you in revealing a healthier, larger smile.
If you think you might need or want gum contouring, call us today and we can help to answer your questions and get you in for an appointment.