Having a beautiful smile is about more than just white, healthy teeth. If you have had gum disease, suffered gum recession, or have always dealt with too much gum tissue covering up your pearly whites, you may feel like you don’t have the complete picture of a beautiful smile. Gum contouring in Newtown can help.
What Is Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring is a common oral procedure in which your dentist removes or adds to the periodontal tissue. Gum contouring is frequently used for its cosmetic benefits, either to fix a gummy smile or after significant gum recession has occurred. The treatment is also be used in crown lengthening procedures to expose more tooth enamel to apply a restoration like a crown or filling to a broken or decayed tooth.
The benefits of gum contouring include:
- Improves the appearance of the smile
- Reduces sensitivity by covering up exposed tooth roots
- Improves oral health
- Reduces risk of reinfection after gum disease treatment
- Can make necessary restorative treatments possible
- Completed comfortably with local anesthesia
What Is the Procedure for Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring is usually performed in a single visit to The Dentists of Newtown. We will put together a treatment plan in an initial appointment and then schedule a time for you to come back for the actual procedure. Gum contouring is performed under local anesthesia to ensure you do not feel anything at the treatment site.
If you need more gum tissue to correct the appearance of recessed gums, your dentist can remove healthy periodontal tissue and sew it back onto the area where it has been lost. Tissue is usually taken from the roof of the mouth. For areas where too much gum tissue covers up the teeth, your dentist will precisely snip away at the gums to reveal more of the healthy white enamel that is hidden beneath.
After the procedure is complete, your dentist will send you home with detailed postoperative instructions to ensure you heal as quickly and comfortably as possible. Rinsing with warm saltwater will reduce pain, swelling, and the risk of infection. Any symptoms should subside within a few days, but do not hesitate to let us know if bleeding, discomfort, or swelling worsen or do not improve.
Are You a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
If you have suffered from gum recession as a result of periodontal disease, chances are good you could benefit from gum contouring. People who have gummy smiles or uneven gumlines should also consider the cosmetic benefits of the procedure. Sometimes contouring is required to expose more of a broken or short tooth before restorative dentistry is possible. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and determine whether or not you should consider the procedure.
Talk to Us Today!
If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your gums — whether that means there’s too much or not enough — let’s discuss how gum contouring can help. Schedule an appointment with your dentist in Newtown today!