When we think of a healthy, attractive smile, most people think of nice, white teeth. While having strong and white teeth is certainly important, it is only one piece of the puzzle. Having the right amount of healthy gums showing is key, too. Many people feel like they either have too much or too little gum showing when they smile. This is where gum contouring can save the day.
What Is Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring aims to gently and effectively correct the gum line. When you have an overgrowth of your gums, a local anesthetic and a laser or a scalpel can be used to reshape them. Once this has been accomplished, your entire mouth will likely be healthier. This is due to you being able to thoroughly brush and care for your teeth.
If your gums have receded, this issue can be addressed as well. When you have too little gum, the sensitive roots of your teeth can be overexposed. This allows harmful bacteria to access them more easily. Recession of the gums can be caused by genetics, brushing too hard, or gum disease. Gum grafting can be done to help with this issue.
The Benefits of Gum Contouring
If you are unhappy with your smile due to the way your gums look, there are many reasons to consider this treatment option from our cosmetic dentist. Highlights include:
- The treatment is very fast and effective
- Recovery is typically quick, taking only a few days
- There is little to no risk of side effects
- The treatment can be done conservatively and still make a big difference
- It results in a brighter, bigger smile!
What to Expect with Gum Contouring
The first step is to have a consultation where we can discuss your goals and devise a treatment plan. A local anesthetic will be used to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure. We will then begin to methodically remove small amounts of tissue, revealing more of your teeth. You will then be given a set of post-operative instructions. It will be important to follow these instructions closely to ensure that you heal properly and as quickly as possible.
During your recovery period, you will need to be gentle with your brushing. You will also want to stick to soft foods for the first few days. Further instructions will be given depending on your unique circumstances.
Get in touch with the team at the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS in Cabot, AR to discuss gum contouring. We will listen carefully to your concerns about your smile and devise a treatment plan specific to your needs. We also serve residents in Little Rock, AR. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!