You may be affected by the appearance of a "gummy smile" if too much of your tooth enamel is covered by extra gum tissue. At Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we are pleased to offer gum contouring services to enhance your smile by eliminating the extra soft tissue and exposing more of your tooth structure. Not only can gum contouring create a more attractive gumline and wider smile, but it could also improve your oral health by eliminating places where bacteria often hide. Having a healthier gumline can also decrease your risk of developing gum disease and other oral concerns. If you are bothered by the look created by an abundance of gum tissue in the smile zone, a consultation with talented board-certified oral surgeons Drs. Stephen DeMarco, Diego Miron, Timothy Adams, or Luis Delgado may be a great first step. Contact our office in Albany, NY to find out more about gum contouring.
Gum contouring can give you a more proportionate smile while also helping improve your oral health. You could be a good candidate for gum sculpting if you would like to enhance the look of your smile by correcting a “gummy” appearance or a gumline that unevenly frames your teeth. When the gums appear low and cover too much of your upper teeth, gum contouring can help create an even, higher gumline that reveals a wider surface area of your enamel. This procedure may also be ideal if you have problems with chronic oral infections, such as periodontal disease, or overgrown gum tissues caused by orthodontics or certain medications.
What to Expect
Gum sculpting is performed in our office with a mild local anesthetic. We may offer sedation options if you have anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist. Once you are comfortable, our surgical team will gently eliminate excess gum tissue with an advanced technique to create a higher, more aesthetically appealing gumline. Your gums will also be sculpted and contoured to create an aesthetic appearance that evenly frames your teeth. We will then rinse your teeth and provide directions on how to care for your smile as your gum tissues heal. Typically, gum contouring can be completed in a single appointment at our state-of-the-art surgical center.
While the recovery process is generally minimal, you may experience some minor redness and tenderness for a few days following your gum contouring procedure. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and eating a diet of soft foods until your mouth heals can help minimize any discomfort. A good home oral care routine of daily brushing and flossing as recommended by our team can help ensure your gum tissues heal and remain healthy. To keep your smile in great shape over time, we suggest that you keep up with routine dental checkups and cleanings with your general dentist.
Since gum contouring is considered a cosmetic dental procedure, it may not be covered by most insurance companies. However, our team at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons takes a range of payment methods and can provide information on low-cost medical financing to help make your treatment easier to afford.
Cosmetic gum sculpting at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons may be an excellent treatment option in many situations as it can enhance the overall appearance of a "gummy" smile and serve to improve your oral health by minimizing the risk of periodontal infections. Whether you are seeking to attain a more even, balanced smile or have better oral health, gum contouring and reshaping might be the right treatment option for you. Find out if you are a candidate for gum contouring by scheduling your visit to one of our Albany, NY oral surgery centers.