Gum Recontouring Procedures

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Treatment Options for Gum Recontouring

istock_000024844484smallData shows that the smile is often the first thing people notice about another person. Having a good smile can not only make someone look more attractive but can also have an impact on many other aspects of a person’s life, including their personal and professional relationships. Surveys show that a nice smile can boost one’s self-esteem and improve confidence level.

We believe the key to an attractive smile is having nice teeth along with a balanced gumline. Sometimes the gumline is too high or too low which can make the teeth look either bigger or smaller than they actually are. When the gums are not in good harmony with the teeth, the smile may often look less attractive than it could if the gums were of proper size. People who are unhappy with their gums may be a candidate for a gum recontouring procedure.

What is a Gum Recontouring Procedure?

download_pinhole_pack_btn-290x300A gum recontouring procedure is one in which the gums are reshaped to create more even gingival margins. Many times this is done as part of a cosmetic procedure in order to improve the appearance of a gummy smile. Sometimes gum recontouring procedures can be done in order to provide adequate room for the dentist to place crowns or veneers, as part of periodontal treatment, or to prevent dental problems and tooth loss.

The type of gum recontouring someone may need depends on what is making the gums uneven. When the gingival tissue rests too low on the teeth they often appear too small. In this situation, the gums may need to be reshaped to expose more of the tooth structure. This type of procedure is often referred to as a cosmetic or clinical crown lengthening. Undergoing this type of procedure may establish a more natural, esthetically pleasing smile.

When the gums pull up too high on the teeth much of the tooth’s root becomes exposed. This is often caused by gum recession. It is a common phrase that when people age, they become long in the tooth. This can cause a compromised appearance, tooth sensitivity, decay, bone loss, and possibly even tooth loss. There are several different options to treat gingival recession including connective tissue grafts, Allograft procedures, and Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation.

What Causes Unbalanced Gingival Tissue?

There are several factors that can cause uneven gums. Some of these factors include genetics, periodontal disease, other medical conditions, prescription medication, mouth trauma, etc.

Do I Need Gum Recontouring?

Many times the gums that are too high or too low are in perfectly good health and there is no medical reason for them to be recontoured. Many people with uneven gums choose to have gum recontouring in order to improve the appearance of their smile. In other cases, the gums may need to be recontoured in order to avoid or treat related dental and periodontal problems. Please contact Dr. Nemeth’s office to learn more about gum recontouring procedures and to schedule a consultation.