A “gummy smile” occurs when the top part of the tooth is concealed by an excess of gum tissue. At Contemporary Dental Arts, gum contouring is performed to improve your smile by eliminating the extra soft tissue and exposing more of your teeth. Not only can gum contouring create a more attractive smile, but it could also improve your dental health by eliminating places where bacteria commonly gets trapped. This lowers your risk of developing periodontal disease, cavities, and oral infections. Make a consultation with dentist Dr. Lauren Shanard at our office in Williston, VT to learn more about gum contouring.
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Gum contouring may give you a more attractive smile while also helping your overall oral health. You may be a good candidate for gum contouring if you would like to enhance the look of your smile by diminishing a “gummy” look. When your gums are low, gum sculpting can create a more even gumline. It is also beneficial if you have problems with chronic infections or periodontal disease caused by bacteria trapped in large gum pockets.
What to Expect
Gum contouring is an in-office dental procedure performed using a mild local anesthetic. Sedation may be an option if you have fears or anxiety about dental treatments. Prior to the actual procedure, your gums and teeth will be professionally cleaned then dried. Dr. Shanard can then use a special laser tool to remove gum tissue until a more balanced gumline is revealed. The laser tool cauterizes the tissue to minimize bleeding throughout the procedure. Once your gums are the right shape, Dr. Shanard will rinse your mouth so you may enjoy your results. In most cases, the entire procedure will be done in just one appointment.
Following the reshaping procedure, Dr. Shanard will provide you with aftercare instructions. She may write a prescription for antibiotic medication if symptoms of an infection were seen in the treatment. Your gums might be inflamed for a few weeks; however, if you follow a good oral health routine of daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use, your gum tissue will quickly return to normal. You should still schedule yearly dental examinations so Dr. Shanard can check your oral health.
Since gum contouring is considered a cosmetic dental procedure, it isn't typically covered by most insurance companies. However, Contemporary Dental Arts takes many payment methods. Dr. Shanard can go over cost estimates during your initial consultation and information on medical financing to make your procedure more affordable.
Gum contouring at Contemporary Dental Arts is a great treatment for multiple reasons — it will improve the appearance of your smile and it will reduce your chances of getting oral and gum disease. If you would like to have more confidence in your smile or have better oral health, gum sculpting might be a good choice for you. To get more information about this procedure, contact our office in Williston, VT to book your appointment with Dr. Shanard.