Teeth seem to get all the attention when it comes to improving your smile, but did you know that your gums play a vital role? If you have a gummy smile or too much tooth in your smile, your cosmetic dentist can contour your gums to give you the smile you desire. Read on to learn more about gum contouring and gum graft and how these procedures can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
What is gum contouring?
If you have a “gummy smile” or excessive gums showing, gum contouring can help reduce the amount of gum showing in your smile. Laser gum contouring is a gentle and nearly painless procedure that uses state-of-the-art laser technology to cauterize gum tissue, which means very little bleeding and results in a short healing process.
What is a gum graft?
If you have too much teeth showing when you smile or gum recession, a gum graft may be right for you. Gum tissue from your palate or another donor source is added to the existing gum line to improve your smile and reduce tooth sensitivity caused by receding gums.
Am I a candidate?
Candidates for either gum contouring or gum graft have both aesthetic and functional or medical reasons for wanting the procedure. If you believe your teeth look too short or you don’t like the amount of gum that shows when you smile, gum contouring would be right for you. If you are bothered by too much teeth showing when you smile or are dealing with the pain and tooth sensitivity caused by receding gums, then a gum graft may be what you need. Whether you need a gum contouring or gum graft, both procedures can help reduce your risk of gingivitis as well.
Whether you have gum contouring or a gum graft to improve function or for esthetics, you will receive the benefits of both a beautiful smile and improved dental health. If you are unhappy with the way your gums and teeth look, call 501-843-9561 to schedule a consultation to get started on your journey to your best smile.