We want to help you enjoy an attractive and beautiful smile, which means addressing the issues that impact the overall esthetics of your teeth and gums. If you have a gummy smile, one that shows off too much gingival tissues, then you benefit from a cosmetic treatment. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about gum contouring.
The Factors Behind a Gummy Smile
A gummy smile could occur due to issues with the growth of your jaw or even the eruption of your teeth, which leaves too much gum on display and could even make teeth appear short or uneven. The presence of periodontal disease could cause swelling that has the same effect on the appearance of your teeth too. If you take certain medications this could cause swelling that doesn’t subside when you stop taking the medication. There are numerous factors behind a smile that displays too much gingival tissue, so we will conduct an examination to assess the cause and plan your gum contouring procedure in detail!
The Contouring Procedure
Our team will gently mark the areas that need to be removed and will then use dental lasers to gently trim away the tissues. We then reshape the gum line to improve symmetry and offer a more attractive appearance. Using lasers means there is no need for scalpels or sutures, so the area heals much quicker. The process takes one visit and you can return to normal routines after only 24 to 48 hours in most cases. This advanced technology also reduces the risk of swelling, bleeding, and infection. In fact, sometimes there is little to no need for anesthesia either!
Treating Periodontal Disease
What about periodontal disease? We may use contouring to remove diseased tissues and allow healthy opens to adhere to the teeth, closing periodontal pockets and making the disease manageable with preventive care. Moving forward, better homecare habits and a visit for a cleaning every three to four months could keep your smile healthy and strong. Treating the disease not only improves smile beauty, but also helps you avoid major complications, such as adult tooth loss.
If you have any questions about gum contouring or any of our other cosmetic treatment options, or about treating gum disease to keep your smile whole. Then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you maintain an attractive and healthy smile for years to come!
SCHEDULE A COSMETIC APPOINTMENT WITH DELIGHTFUL DENTAL CARE IN KANSAS CITY
Our team wants to help you enjoy good oral health and a more attractive smile, so you can show off your smile with confidence! Learn more about cosmetic dentistry and schedule an appointment with our team at Delightful Dental Care in Kansas City, MO at (816)942-7669!