Have you ever heard of someone having a “gummy” smile? That is when too much gum tissue shows when someone smiles. Most people have two millimeters of gum tissue, but for those who have a gummy smile, it could exceed three or four millimeters. That is not the only reason their gums are showing. They could also have a high lip line, swollen gums, or an issue that has kept their teeth from fully protruding. If you feel that you have a gummy smile, visit your Gary, IN, dentist. We can help determine its cause. We can also treat it with a cosmetic dental procedure called gum contouring. What is that? Let us explain.
Framing Up Your Smile
In its simplest terms, gum contouring is a procedure that evens out the frame around your teeth. We do so by trimming away excess gum tissue. While this is a cosmetic treatment, it can also help with your oral health because the spaces between your teeth and gums will become more shallow. This, in turn, makes it easier to brush and floss away bacteria that could lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Is The Treatment A Difficult One?
This is a minimally invasive procedure that can be completed during a single visit. We are happy to provide dental sedation for patients who want to feel relaxed and calm during the treatment. And for many patients, we may use our advanced, soft-tissue laser technology. It is designed to carefully and gently trim away excessive gum tissue that covers your teeth. By using laser technology, sutures are not needed after the procedure.
So, You Are Just Reshaping My Gums?
Technically, no. Gum reshaping is a different treatment that is done to address gingivitis, tooth loss, or decay. This periodontal procedure removes pockets where infections can form and seals them up to prevent future issues.
How Long Will It Take For Me To Recover From The Treatment?
The recovery period may last about a week. During that time, you may experience some tooth sensitivity or minor swelling of your gums. While you are recovering, be aware of what and how you eat. Avoid anything that may poke or cut your gum tissue. In fact, we suggest soft foods during this time after the procedure. We will schedule a follow-up appointment with you to see how the healing process is progressing. Once we are sure everything is going well, you can then resume your normal eating habits and regular brushing and flossing practices.
Schedule A Consultation With Us Today
Cosmetic gum contouring may help you achieve the smile you want. To find out more, or to schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, today at 219-938-2637.