Some people may never worry about the appearance of their gummy smile, while others may feel concerned about its appearance every time they show it. In many cases, it depends on the extent of the condition, and how obvious the unevenness in your gums is when you smile. Fortunately, there’s a solution to help most patients improve their gummy smiles, and their self-confidence. With cosmetic gum contouring, we can gently reshape the contour of your gum line to make it more even and symmetrical, improving its appearance as well as several other aspects of your gum health.
Gum contouring is typically considered a cosmetic procedure, but because it requires trimming a minimal amount of gum tissues, it also requires minor oral surgery to complete. Fortunately, the procedure is still minimally invasive, and we only contour your gum tissues where it’s necessary. With a careful, highly artistic approach, we can plan your treatment to create maximum results with as little trimming of your gum tissues as possible. You can also opt for sedation to help you stay even more relaxed and comfortable throughout the course of your treatment.
As a cosmetic procedure, gum contouring focuses mainly on the appearance of your gums and smile. For many patients, an uneven gum line is only one of multiple concerns with their smiles’ appearance, which can also include issues such as teeth stains/discoloration, uneven teeth, chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, and more. Improving your smile may require combining one or more cosmetic treatment options to address all of your concerns conservatively, including gum contouring to ensure that your newly improved smile has an even, symmetrical, and healthy looking outline.
In addition to their unevenness, your gums may also be at a higher risk of developing gum disease, or they may exhibit the beginning signs of it already. Gum contouring alone may not be able to help you fight gum disease if it has already developed. However, if performed promptly, it can reduce your risks of developing it by making it more difficult for oral bacteria to accumulate underneath your gum tissues. If necessary, you might require scaling and root planing to remove bacteria and protect your smile from gum disease.
Gum contouring can be a more comfortable and beneficial option for your smile than you may realize. To learn if gum contouring can help you improve your smile, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.