Your smile may look "gummy" if too much of your tooth is covered by unnecessary gum tissue. At Ah! Dentistry, gum contouring will improve your smile by eliminating the extra soft tissue and showing more of your teeth. Gum sculpting cannot only create a more attractive smile, but it could also improve your dental health by eliminating places where bacteria usually accumulates. This reduces your risk of having periodontal disease, cavities, and infections. Make an appointment with one of our skilled dentists at our offices in the DFW area to get more information about gum contouring and sculpting.
Sculpting the gums may give you a more attractive smile, while also improving your oral health. You could be a good candidate for gum contouring and sculpting if you would like to enhance your smile by treating a “gummy” look. When your gums are low, gum sculpting can help create an even and higher gumline. Gum contouring is also ideal if you struggle with recurring infections or periodontal disease caused by bacteria trapped in large gum pockets.
What to Expect
Gum sculpting or contouring is performed in our office using numbing cream or local anesthesia. We may offer sedation options if you have fears or anxiety about getting dental work. To prepare you for the treatment, your gums and teeth will be professionally cleaned, then dried. Our dental team can then use a special laser tool to eliminate gum tissue to reveal a higher gumline. The laser tool cauterizes the soft tissue to minimize bleeding throughout the process. When your gums are sculpted, your teeth and gums will be rinsed so you may enjoy your results. For most patients, gum sculpting will be finished in one appointment.
Once your procedure is done, a member of our staff will provide you with home care instructions. You may also be given a prescription for antibiotic medication if symptoms of an infection were seen in the treatment process. Your gums might be red and swollen for several weeks; however, if you follow a good oral care routine at home of daily flossing and brushing, your gum tissue will quickly return to normal. You should still attend yearly dental examinations so we can check the health of your gums and the rest of your mouth.
Gum contouring is considered a cosmetic procedure so it is generally not covered by dental insurance policies. However, Ah! Dentistry takes many different payment methods. We can offer an estimate of your costs in your initial consultation and how to use medical financing to make your procedure fit your budget.
Plan Your Procedure
Cosmetic gum sculpting at Ah! Dentistry is a popular treatment for several reasons — it will improve the appearance of your smile and lower your chances of developing gum disease or an oral infection. If you would like to see a more beautiful smile or have improved oral health, gum sculpting might be a great treatment for you. To get more information about this treatment, contact one of our facilities in the DFW area to schedule your appointment.