If your gum line rests too high or too low, and you are unhappy with the look of your smile, you can consider gum reshaping and contouring surgery. Procedures such as gum reshaping and contouring are possible thanks to modern dental technology. This cosmetic procedure can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile that you can be proud of.

What Causes Uneven Gums?

It may be caused by genetics or the use of certain medications. Enlarged gum tissue results in what is commonly called a “gummy” smile, and makes normal sized teeth appear smaller.

Periodontal Gum Contouring Treatment

This is a medical procedure used to counter decay, tooth loss, gingival infections or periodontal disease caused by gum inconsistencies. Periodontal gum reshaping treats receding gums that leave the teeth exposed, removes deep pockets and seals the tissue to prevent future problems.

Cosmetic Gum Contouring Treatment

The goal of cosmetic gum contouring is to reduce the amount of gum tissue around teeth to get rid of a “gummy” smile.

Gum Contouring Procedure

Gum reshaping is performed by qualified dentists and periodontists (gum specialists). A local anesthetic is applied to numb the gums, and a soft tissue laser is used to remove the excess gum tissue. The laser recontours the gums and seals the tissue to create the ideal shape and prevent ongoing bleeding.

Treatment Aftercare

After the gums are reshaped, it is vital to practice good oral hygiene after the procedure. Daily brushing and flossing should be gentle to avoid irritating the gums until they have fully healed. Use a gentle, cleansing non-alcoholic mouthrinse that soothes the gums.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of this cosmetic procedure depends on the extent of the work involved. Have a consultation with your dentist about the results you can expect, and the costs based on your smile. Most dental insurance policies do not typically cover gum contouring for cosmetic purposes.

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth and gums look, contact us to see if gum contouring surgery is right for you. 

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