When looking at the mirror, you realize your teeth are not the problem. Instead, you’re embarrassed because of the unevenness of your gums. Causing your teeth to appear short and “stubby,” there appears to be an overgrowth of soft tissue surrounding your pearly whites. This imbalanced, “gummy” smile is not only causing problems for your oral health, but it makes you want to hide behind your hands and avoid photographs at all costs. What do you do? You’ve heard about gum recontouring, but is it safe? A local dentist explains how this common cosmetic procedure is helping people with the same problem achieve healthier, more beautiful smiles each day.
What is Gum Recontouring?
Gum recontouring is a type of cosmetic dentistry that focuses on removing excess tissue and reshaping your gum line to create a more balanced appearance. Oftentimes, an overgrowth of oral tissue can develop, causing your natural tooth structure to be covered. This can create everything from “gummy” smiles to teeth that appear short. Not to mention, individuals who require a customized dental crown to protect a weak or decayed tooth may not have enough exposed tooth structure to undergo successful treatment.
Fortunately, a cosmetic dentist can remedy these situations by providing gum recontouring.
Is It Safe?
When performed by a licensed dental expert, gum recontouring is a completely safe and effective procedure. Although not considered “medically necessary,” it is a viable option if you’re tired of hiding your smile from the world. However, this type of cosmetic dentistry is just like any other and can involve risks, including:
- An allergic reaction to the anesthesia administered
- Increased bleeding
- Increased swelling
Before you can move forward with any procedure, it will be necessary to schedule a consultation to discuss your eligibility as well as your medical history and any medications you are currently taking.
What Are the Benefits?
Although it is not performed in all dental offices, finding a skilled professional who offers gum recontouring can help you embrace life with a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile. Not to mention, you’ll also enjoy many of its great benefits, including:
- A chance for better oral health because of the decreased risk for gum disease
- An even, more balanced appearance
- The opportunity to seek restorative care because of the exposed tooth structure that will adequately support a customized dental crown or bridge
- A procedure that uses a soft tissue laser to shape your gum line. This ensures minimal bleeding and swelling, if any, a lower risk of infection, and reduced recovery time at home
Don’t let your gums keep you shying away from social situations. Talk to your dentist about gum recontouring and find out what life can be like with a beautiful, healthy smile.
About the Author
Dr. Nusi P. Brown earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hartford in Connecticut before enrolling at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and achieving her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Passionate about dentistry, Dr. Brown offers an array of cosmetic solutions designed to enhance a person’s aesthetics. Because teeth are not the only culprits that can hinder a smile, she provides gum recontouring, which is a safe and viable option to reshape oral tissue and create an even, balanced appearance. To learn more about the procedure, visit our website or call (802) 863-3950.