Too much or too little gum tissue can get in the way of an otherwise beautiful smile. If you’re in this situation and looking for a treatment that can help, cosmetic gum contouring and grafting may be exactly what you need.
Located in Cabot AR, the practice of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS is proud to provide comprehensive dental care to patients in the Ward, Beebe, Jacksonville, Sherwood, Vilonia and Little Rock areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to get some more information about our practice.
Gum Disease and Systemic Health
What is Cosmetic Gum Contouring and Grafting?
Cosmetic gum contouring and grafting are two different methods of altering the appearance of the gums. Gums that come down too far, otherwise known as excessive gingival display, can be treated with a gum contouring procedure, while gums that do not come down far enough, also referred to as gum recession, can be improved with a gum grafting procedure.
Dr. Jirik uses a Diode laser for all of our practice’s cosmetic gum contouring procedures. This process is gentle and virtually painless. Because the laser cauterizes the gum as it removes it, it also involves very little bleeding and a short healing process.
Gum grafting procedures are used to develop gum tissue in areas where it is absent or scarce. During treatment, gum tissue is taken from your palate or another donor source in order to add more tissue to the affected area. This can both improve the appearance of your smile and reduce tooth sensitivity caused by gum recession.
What are the Benefits of this Procedure?
Cosmetic gum contouring and grafting have some obvious, impactful aesthetic advantages — normalizing the amount of gums that you have can make your smile look more uniform and radiant. But these procedures go beyond the cosmetic; gum contouring and grafting have a variety of health benefits, too. These procedures can help reduce your risk of gingivitis and in some cases, help combat tooth sensitivity.
Who is a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Gum Contouring or Grafting?
If you suffer from either excessive gingival display or gum recession, you can probably benefit from either a cosmetic gum contouring or cosmetic gum grafting procedure.
Interested in either of these procedures, but still not sure if you’re a candidate? Don’t hesitate — contact Samuel F. Jirik, DDS today. We can get you set up with a consultation appointment, during which Dr. Jirik will examine the condition of your gums and help you decide if either of these procedures are right for you.