How Do Your Gums Fit Into Your Smile?

Posted: November 18, 2015   Article

Bakersfield, CA – When you smile at people, do you hide showing your teeth because you feel you show either too much or too little of your gums? This is a common concern among cosmetic dentistry patients, and also one that is pretty easily corrected.

Oral CareGingival contouring, or gum contouring, can correct gums that rest too high or too low on the teeth. If you are unhappy with the way your gums look when you smile, a consultation with my office can show you the potential your smile has.

If your teeth look too small because too much gum is showing, there are a few reasons why this could be. The first is a simple case of genetics. But in some cases, it’s due to a health problem or because of certain prescription medications.

Gingival sculpting can be a minor cosmetic procedure performed right in my office in under an hour. If you simply wish to remove excess gum tissue, a soft tissue laser will trim away and recontour the shape of the gums. Then, it seals the excess gum tissue. The process is almost painless and there is no bleeding, so there is no need for stitches.

Sometimes, in the process of a consultation for another procedures, such as veneers, we might discover that your gum line is uneven. To ensure the most beautiful smile following your procedure, it might be necessary to also provide a gum recontouring procedure to even out your gum line.

If your teeth appear to be too long because your gums are too high, it’s often due to gum recession. Gum recession makes your teeth look too long, but can also lead to tooth sensitivity because your root may begin to be exposed, and can lead to decay and tooth loss. Often times, gum recession is also a sign of periodontal disease.

Gum reshaping can be a part of periodontal treatment as they undergo other periodontal procedures to improve the health of their mouths. If during the course of your consultation, we discover receding gums, it will be necessary to discuss treatment options available to correct the issue.

A gum graft may be needed to cover roots or help develop additional tissue where it has been lost due to severe gum recession. During the procedure, tissue is taken from another area of the mouth, or from a donor source, and then used to cover the area, such as an exposed tooth root. This procedure can halt further recession and prevent bone loss, and also protect tooth roots. It will enhance the esthetic beauty of your smile while also reducing sensitivity and improving your oral health.

If you feel you are a candidate for gum reshaping and would like to learn more, contact my office today. A healthy smile should also be beautiful, and we’d love to help you discover the power your smile can hold.

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