Your gums frame your smile. If you have excess gum tissue, gum contouring may be the solution you need to get the smile you desire. Also known as gum reshaping, gum lifting or crown lengthening, we can reshape your gums to enhance your smile. Patients investing in dental veneers often also choose gum contouring to give them a more stunning and perfectly framed smile.
During the procedure, we carefully sculpt the gums and sometimes the underlying bone to uncover the full surface of the teeth. Our goal is to create a symmetrical and beautiful gum line that perfectly frames your smile. Gum contouring treatment should only be performed by an experienced specialist.
While many of our patients undergo gum contouring for aesthetic purposes, your dentist may also refer you for restorative reasons. If you have a tooth fracture or a cavity below the gum line, gum contouring can reduce tissue in the area of the problem. This will give your dentist access to the site for treatment and, if necessary, make it easier to place a long-lasting dental restoration.
If one or more of your teeth appear longer than others, you may be experiencing gum recession. While the appearance of recession detracts from the aesthetics of your smile, it may also signal a more significant oral health concern. Gum recession leaves your teeth susceptible to developing plaque and cavities in the tooth’s root, a problem that a simple filling is unlikely to correct effectively. Gum recession is also a sign that you are losing tooth-supporting bone beneath the surface.
Some common causes of receding gums include: aggressive teeth brushing, poor oral hygiene, naturally “thin” gum tissue, tooth crowding, an outward position of the teeth, uneven and heavy biting forces, and genetics. While gum recession is the most visible sign of damage, you will also be experiencing bone loss beneath the surface of your gums. Without intervention, damage can eventually lead to tooth loss.
We use soft tissue, or gum grafts, to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. Grafts not only improve the beauty of your smile and protect roots, they can also lead to reduced sensitivity while slowing recession and bone loss.
Gum tissue grafts have been shown to not only provide for long-term tooth protection, but also to regenerate bone growth.
Gum issues often have both health and aesthetic consequences. Gum tissue grafts create a healthy and protective gumline while also improving the overall appearance of teeth that may have appeared to be too long.
Exposed roots lead to pain and serious issues for the involved tooth. Full coverage with gum tissue prevents the opportunity for root exposure and future damage in the treated area.
Gum recession is defined by loss bone loss in addition to gum loss. With enough recession, the tooth becomes unstable and may require removal. Gum grafting helps avoid this.
Please contact us today for a cosmetic gum consultation.