Excess gum tissue in the front of the mouth can create a "gummy" smile appearance and the look of short teeth. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our team can enhance the appearance of your smile through cosmetic sculpting and reshaping of the gumline to achieve a better balance between your teeth and gums. A gum contouring procedure may also be used to improve oral function when excess gum tissue is impacting the ability to restore a tooth that has damage or decay around the gums. This process works by removing excess gum (and sometimes bone) tissue from around the teeth and reshapes the gums for beautiful, healthy results. If you feel that your gumline could use a cosmetic lift with a gum contouring procedure, schedule a consultation with general dentists Dr. Joe Prasifka or Dr. Trey Nguyen at our Sugar Land, TX dental practice today.
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Gum contouring may be a great procedure for your smile if you have an unproportionate amount of gum tissue when compared to tooth structure in the smile zone. This process, also known as crown lengthening, removes excess or overgrown gum tissue to expose more tooth enamel and shapes the gumline to evenly frame your teeth. Gum contouring may also be helpful in meeting restorative needs when gum or bone tissue stands in the way of treating and restoring a tooth that has been damaged around or below the gumline. Removing excess gum tissue, in this case, allows our team to access the damaged area and effectively place a filling or crown to restore function to the tooth. An additional benefit of gum contouring is its ability to improve gum health by reducing the spaces under the gums where bacteria can hide and cause damage. Overgrown or uneven gum tissue in the mouth may be the result of genetics, certain medications, orthodontic treatment, or gum disease.
What to Expect
Our entire team at Made Ya Smile Dental puts your comfort first when performing any type of procedure. To begin, your gum tissues will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Sedation can also be a part of your treatment if you are anxious about your gum contouring procedure. When you are comfortable, our skilled dentists will use advanced instruments to gently eliminate and sculpt the gum tissues around your teeth and reshape the gumline for an attractive and even appearance. Gum contouring raises the gumline on the upper teeth and lowers the gumline on the lower teeth to reveal a wider, more balanced smile. In general, this procedure can be completed in one convenient appointment. Instructions on how to care for your gums following your procedure will be provided by our team.
Any discomfort or gum tenderness that you have following your procedure is usually minor and can be relieved with nonprescription pain medication. If sutures were placed following your gummy smile treatment, we will schedule a visit for you to return to our office for a follow-up visit and to have them removed. Daily brushing and flossing and good oral hygiene habits at home are important to keeping your new gumline healthy and attractive. During your routine cleaning and exam visits at Made Ya Smile Dental in Sugar Land, TX, our caring team will evaluate your gumline and offer tips on how to keep your smile in top shape well into the future.
Made Ya Smile Dental is happy to accept most PPO dental insurance plans. To learn if your specific plan offers coverage for gum contouring procedures, our business team will contact your provider. We will calculate and let you know of any personal expenses before we begin your treatment. Our team is proud to offer several convenient payment methods to help make improving your oral health and smile easier to afford. Low- or no-interest financing options may also be available to help cover the cost of your dental care.
Transform a gummy smile into a balanced, healthier, and more beautiful grin. Cosmetic gum contouring and reshaping can take away excess gum tissue from the gumline to expose more of the underlying tooth structure. Gum contouring also has functional benefits and can enable restorative procedures and minimize the risk of gum infections. If you are ready to lift your smile for a greater cosmetic appeal, schedule a visit with Dr. Prasifka or Dr. Nguyen at Made Ya Smile Dental. Our friendly Sugar Land, TX team is ready to help you improve your confidence and oral health with effective treatment solutions.