What is Gum Contouring?
Patients may feel they have a "gummy" smile when there is excess tissue covering the enamel of the teeth, making the teeth seem shorter than average. At Made Ya Smile, our dentist can improve the appearance of your smile by reshaping the gumline, helping you achieve a more balanced look. This sculpting method can also be used to improve the function of the teeth when the gum tissue is affecting a tooth with damage or decay. This works by removing the gum tissue from around the teeth for a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing result. If you think you could benefit from a cosmetic lift through gum contouring, reach out to our team in Missouri City, TX for a consultation.
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Who Might be a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
Excess gum tissue may be the result of orthodontic treatment, some medications, gum disease, or even genetics. If you have a disproportionate amount of gum tissue around the teeth in the smile zone, our dentist will remove the tissue to expose more of the tooth, essentially reshaping the gumline. Also called crown lengthening, gum contouring is also helpful for your restorative needs when a tooth is broken or damaged below the gumline. This allows our team to access the damage before placing a crown or filling on the tooth. Another benefit is the ability to improve your oral health by decreasing the spaces underneath the gums where bacteria tend to hide.
What Should I Know about Gum Contouring?
Made Ya Smile places your overall health and comfort as our first priority when performing a gum contouring procedure. To start, we will discuss a few different sedation options if you are nervous about receiving treatment. We will numb the gum tissues with a local anesthetic, then use our state-of-the-art tools to gently sculpt and reshape the gums. Our dentist can raise and lower the gumline of the upper and lower teeth for a more balanced look. All of this will be completed in one simple, convenient appointment at our clinic. After the treatment, we will provide you with some instructions for taking care of your teeth moving forward.
How Long is the Recovery After Gum Contouring?
You may feel minor discomfort or sensitivity following the gum contouring procedure, which is easily relieved with over-the-counter pain medication. If our dentist placed any sutures during your treatment, Made Ya Smile will schedule another visit to have them removed. Continue to keep up good oral health habits such as daily brushing and flossing to keep your gumline looking healthy. During routine examinations and cleanings, we will assess the area and make sure it stays in top shape for years to come.
Will Insurance Pay For Gum Contouring?
To learn if your dental insurance plan covers gum contouring, the helpful administrative team at Made Ya Smile will reach out to your provider to understand your benefits. We accept most PPO plans and will calculate whether you owe anything out-of-pocket. To make your care more affordable, we also offer a variety of payment options at our clinic, including low- to no-interest financing that can help you cover the costs.
It's time to transform your teeth and gums into a healthier, more balanced smile with help from the experts at Made Ya Smile. Our dentist offers gum contouring and reshaping as a cosmetic or restorative treatment to expose more of the tooth's enamel and underlying structure or minimize your risk of future gum infections. If you have questions or concerns about gum contouring, contact our friendly dental practice in Missouri City, TX to schedule a treatment consultation.