What is Gum Contouring?
The appearance of a "gummy" smile and shorter teeth may make some patients less confident in their smile. At Made Ya Smile Rayford, our experienced dental team provides gum contouring (also known as crown lengthening) in order to eliminate the look of a "gummy" smile and lift the gum tissues. Utilizing cosmetic sculpting and reshaping procedures, our team eliminates excess gum tissue from the gumline and exposes a larger amount of your tooth enamel to create a more proportionate smile. This procedure also decreases the amount of space available for pockets of disease-causing bacteria to form and can protect your gum health. Our compassionate team at Made Ya Smile Rayford in Spring, TX can help you achieve a confident, attractive smile with a gum contouring procedure. Reach out to us today to schedule a visit to find out more about this periodontal technique.
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Who Might be a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
Aesthetic and functional needs can be addressed in a gum lift, or contouring, procedure. Teeth can look short in some patients whose gum tissues cover too much tooth surface. Your smile may look "gummy," and this appearance can be eliminated through a gentle procedure to remove excess tissue and sculpt the gumline for a balanced look. Some patients may have gums that are masking decay or damage on a tooth, which can make it difficult to restore or treat the tooth. In these cases, gum and bone (crown lengthening) contouring procedures can be used to simply remove enough bone or gum tissue to allow us to reach the tooth structure and place a crown, filling, or bridge for restoration purposes.
You may be a good candidate for gum contouring if you have a gummy smile that affects your self-confidence or excess gum tissue is interfering with the restoration of a damaged tooth. This may be due to overgrown, inflamed, or infected gums, as well as an uneven gumline, certain medications, genetic factors, or a decayed or damaged tooth.
What Should I Know about Gum Contouring?
With advanced training and technique in performing both aesthetic and functional gum contouring procedures, our skilled team can improve your smile and enhance your oral health. We will begin your procedure by numbing your gums to ensure your comfort. If you desire extra help for dental visit anxiety, sedation dentistry solutions are also available. Our team will gently remove excess gum tissue and sculpt your gumline around teeth to give your smile zone a balanced look. In non-cosmetic gum contouring procedures, we will carefully reduce the gum tissue (and possibly bone) in the area requiring a restoration. By undergoing this treatment, the ratio of gum and tooth structure will be balanced out to give you a gorgeous new smile. A smile lift procedure can typically be performed in a single appointment at Made Ya Smile.
How Long is the Recovery After Gum Contouring?
Some patients notice minor discomfort in the gums following their gum contouring procedure. We will give you instructions on how to care for your new smile and minimize any discomfort during your recovery. We find that most patients only need non-prescription pain relievers to control gum tenderness. Our team's recommendations on brushing and flossing should be followed carefully as you heal to ensure you get the best possible results for your smile and minimize the chance for plaque and bacteria to damage your new gumline. You should also keep up with your routine dental exam and cleaning visits at Made Ya Smile to make sure your cosmetic sculpting and reshaping results last you for many years to come.
Will Insurance Pay For Gum Contouring?
For some patients, depending on the need for your gum contouring treatment, this procedure may be covered in part by dental insurance. Before your visit, a member of our business team will contact your insurance provider to find out your coverage amounts. It's important to us that we do our part to make dental care accessible to all our patients, so at Made Ya Smile we offer a range of payment options to make covering the cost of your care convenient. Our financing partner CareCredit® offers easy, low-interest financing plans that may meet your needs.
Achieve the balanced, attractive grin you've always wanted with specialized gum contouring treatments from our experienced team. If you need to lift and reshape the gumline for improved cosmetic appeal or have restorations placed to meet functional needs, gum contouring may be able to help by gently removing excess or overgrown tissue. Schedule your visit to Made Ya Smile in Spring, TX today to take your first step toward a more confident, functional smile.