What is Gum Recontouring?

Gum RecontouringYou may be unaware that gum contouring can drastically change the way your smile looks. Some people have what is known as a “gummy” smile. This is when the gums have grown over the teeth, leaving teeth to appear much smaller than they actually are.

Others suffer from the exact opposite of this, which is commonly called being “long in the tooth”. This is when the gums have receded, which can happen for a number of different reasons such as periodontal diseases and due to side effects of certain prescription medications.

Gum recontouring can fix:

  • A “gummy” smile
  • Receding gum line
  • Periodontal disease
  • Allows for fillings near the gum line

How Does Gum Recontouring Work?
Gum recontouring used to be done with a scalpel. The process was much more tedious for both patient and dentist. Now, technology has improved this process with the introduction of lasers. Lasers mean less bleeding, less discomfort during recovery, and shorter recovery times. They also provide much more accurate and precise lines when shaping the gums.

If you are in need of having your gums built up due to receding gum line, then instead of a gingivectomy, you may need a gum graft. This is when healthy gum tissue is taken, usually from the roof of the mouth, and placed at the gum line.

Why You Should Consider this Procedure
There are health benefits that go with gum grafting, including:

  • Removal gum tissue infected by periodontal disease
  • Treat cavities near gum line
  • Improving smile
  • Better overall oral health

There are plenty of health and cosmetic reasons people choose gum recontouring. When you improve your smile, you are helping yourself to live a fuller, happier and healthier life.

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