When you think about cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers, chances are some of the most popular options that come to mind are things like teeth whitening, dental veneers, or even dental implants. But you might be overlooking one of your most important smile accessories: your gums.
Gingiva — or gum tissues — are the “frame” around your teeth. Without healthy gums, your teeth can look unhealthy or unattractive as well. No matter how much energy you put into a smile makeover, you’ll want to have healthy gums around your teeth so that you can smile with confidence.
Unfortunately, not all of us have naturally attractive gums. We may even have excess gum tissues or overgrowth of gingiva, giving us the illusion of “short teeth” or a “gummy smile.”
Thankfully, gum recontouring can help.
What is Gum Recontouring?
Cosmetic gum recontouring is something that our dental expert uses to adjust the shape and level of your gumlines. By fine-tuning the edges of your gums, we can create a uniform appearance from one side of your smile to the other. Additionally, gum recontouring exposes a larger tooth surface, helping teeth appear fuller without any crowns or veneers. That’s why some people also refer to the treatment as “crown lengthening.”
If you have a gummy smile, gingival recontouring quickly erases the excess tissues. The procedure usually only takes one appointment to complete.
During a gum recontouring treatment, our dental specialist will precisely adjust the shape and level of your gums for the desired aesthetic effect.
Although gum recontouring is a great cosmetic dentistry procedure on its own, it can also be paired with conventional aesthetic services like teeth whitening, veneers, porcelain crowns, and dental implants.
What to Expect
Traditionally, gum recontouring was performed using conventional oral surgery techniques. But thanks to state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Kip Saunders can complete a cosmetic gum treatment using minimally invasive equipment. Such measures allow for minimal discomfort and quicker healing times. As a gum specialist, Dr. Saunders has completed thousands of soft tissue surgeries, so you can expect the best results possible. And if you need a more complex surgery, our sedation options can help you relax.
Following your gum recontouring treatment and recovery, you’ll be able to look into the mirror at a completely new smile.
As with most routine dental procedures, some numbing medication will be applied to your gums to prevent any irritation throughout the appointment. Dr. Saunders will discuss what comfort options are available, so that you can work together to set realistic outcomes in the gentlest manner possible. Adjusting your gum lines improves your smile’s health and appearance. By erasing excessive gum tissues, your smile is easier to clean on a day to day basis.
Is a Gum Treatment Right for You?
In addition to gum recontouring, Dr. Kip Saunders, Periodontist in The woodlands also provides periodontal plastic surgery, gum lifts, and other soft tissue therapies. So, whatever it is your gums need to get their health back on track, we’re here to help.
Schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation in The Woodlands or Conroe with our experienced gum expert today!