Gum contouring is both a cosmetic and functional periodontal treatment performed for patients who dislike the appearance of their "gummy smile." A gummy smile is caused by an excess of gum tissue around the teeth. With gum contouring, also called crown lengthening, this extra tissue is eliminated from the gum line to expose more of the tooth and create a natural, beautiful smile. Performed by one of our skilled periodontists at Made Ya Smile, gum contouring can also improve your oral health by reducing the amount of space where bacteria can collect below the gumline. Our team uses advanced sculpting and reshaping techniques to lift the gum tissue and produce an attractive smile you can be proud of. If you feel insecure about your gummy smile and would like to learn about your options to address it, contact our Pearland, TX office and speak to a member of our team.
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Gum contouring can improve the appearance of your smile as well as your overall oral health. Whether you're unhappy with the appearance of your gummy smile or require a gum lift to address an area of damage or decay, you could be a candidate for this procedure. An excess amount of gum tissue on the teeth can produce an unattractive mile and create a larger area for bacteria to gather, which could lead to tooth decay. This extra tissue along the gumline can be caused by:
- An uneven gumline
- Inflamed or infected gums
- Certain medications
- Significant tooth decay or damage
- Overgrown (hyperplastic gums)
To determine if you are an ideal candidate to receive a gum contouring procedure, one of our periodontists will evaluate the appearance and condition of your gums. We will also look for signs of infection or tooth decay. You may also receive gum contouring or crown lengthening as a part of another dental treatment if our team needs to create more room along a tooth to place a crown, bridge, or filling.
What to Expect
To perform your gum contouring procedure, our periodontist uses advanced techniques to produce results that are both aesthetically pleasing and functionally improved. At the start of your appointment, we will numb the areas of gum tissue that are to be treated and supply any additional sedation (such as nitrous oxide) as needed. If oral-conscious sedation is a part of your treatment plan, this will need to be taken an hour before your procedure. Once your gums are numb and you are sufficiently relaxed, we will begin my excising the unwanted gum tissue and reshape the gumline around the teeth in the smile zone. If you are receiving a gum lift as a part of another procedure, our periodontist will focus on the tooth that is receiving the crown, bridge, or filling. This treatment produces aesthetically pleasing results and can also improve one's oral health. Typically, your gum contouring procedure is performed in one appointment at our Pearland, TX office.
You may experience some tenderness and discomfort in the treated gums following a gum contouring procedure, but this may be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. A member of our team will give you instructions so you can manage any post-treatment effects. As you heal, it's important to follow our periodontist's instructions for effective brushing and flossing to ensure that your smile stays healthy. If you do not maintain a good at-home oral care routine, plaque and bacteria could build and damage your improved gumline. You should also attend any scheduled follow-up appointments, including annual exams and bi-annual professional cleanings, so your dental wellness remains in check. Taking good care of your oral health can encourage your results to last a long time.
The costs for your gum contouring procedure may be covered depending on the reason for treatment. Services that are considered cosmetic are not covered by insurance. However, if you're having a gum lift to make room for restoratives or fillings, some of your costs may be covered. Made Ya Smile accepts a number of PPO insurance plans, and we're always happy to provide patients with information on medical financing and our range of accepted payments.
Goodbye, Gummy Smile!
If you're insecure about the appearance of your smile because of an excess of tissue along the gumline, you may have more options than you think to address this. Gum contouring at Made Ya Smile is performed by an experienced periodontist who skillfully removes the unwanted tissue and reshapes the gums that appear in the smile zone. If you have a gummy smile you would like improved, contact our Pearland, TX office and schedule your appointment to discuss the benefits of this advanced treatment.