Do you dread smiling for the camera due to excess gum tissue that shows when you smile? Are you self-conscious of your “gummy” smile? If so, read on to find out about gum contouring.
Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of “gummy” smiles. If your teeth look short and stubby because your gum tissue extends over your enamel, you may be a a good candidate for gum contouring. During this procedure, a dentist or periodontist uses either a laser or some type of cutting tool to remove excess tissue, thereby exposing more of the teeth. This procedure can be completed in just one office visit using a local anesthetic. The recovery time after gum contouring is typically quite short. In some cases, bone must be removed in addition to excess tissue. This procedure is more extensive and may necessitate more extensive anesthesia. This procedure also requires a longer healing period.
The results of gum contouring are immediate and can be dramatic in many cases. Sometimes, this procedure is combined with other cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, orthodontics, bonding and shaping.
With today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry, it is possible for virtually everyone to achieve a beautiful, balanced smile. If you dislike the appearance of your smile due to excess gums, maybe it is time to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic dentist. After a thorough evaluation, an experienced cosmetic dentist can recommend the treatment or combination of treatments that are best suited to help you achieve your goals while staying within your budget.
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