Gum Contouring Overview
You may have a "gummy smile" if the upper portion of your tooth is hidden by too much gum tissue. At West Bridgewater Dental, our board-certified dentists provide gum contouring to improve your smile by eliminating excess gum tissue and revealing more of your teeth. Gum contouring or cosmetic sculpting not only creates a more attractive smile — it can also improve your dental health by eliminating places where bacteria frequently hide. This decreases your risk of getting periodontal disease, cavities, and infections. Make an appointment for a consultation at our full-service practice in West Bridgewater, MA to find out more about cosmetic gum sculpting.
Best Candidates for Gum Contouring
Contouring the gums may give you a more attractive smile while also improving your general oral health. You might be a good candidate for gum sculpting if you'd like to correct a "gummy look" and achieve a more attractive smile. When you have excess or overgrown gum tissues, gum sculpting can give you a healthier gumline and a more balanced smile appearance. It may also be ideal if you've had problems with frequent infections or periodontal disease caused by bacteria trapped deep beneath the gums.
What to Expect with Gum Contouring
Gum sculpting is performed in our office using local anesthesia. Options for sedation may be discussed if you have fears or anxiety about visiting the dentist. Before the procedure, your gums and teeth in the treatment area will be cleaned and dried. Our highly skilled dentists may then use a special laser tool to gently remove gum tissue and create a more aesthetic gumline. The laser tool cauterizes the gums to minimize bleeding throughout the treatment. As soon as your gums are contoured, we'll rinse your mouth and send you on your way to enjoy your results. Typically, gum contouring will be completed in a single appointment.
Gum Contouring Recovery
When your treatment is complete, our team will discuss recovery instructions. Our dentists might prescribe an antibiotic medication if symptoms of infection were noticed in the procedure. Your gums might be red for 1 – 3 weeks; however, if you follow a good home oral care routine of daily brushing and flossing, your gum tissue can quickly return to normal. You should still make appointments for yearly dental examinations and bi-annual cleanings so we can monitor your dental health.
Gum Contouring Insurance Coverage
As a cosmetic dental procedure, gum contouring usually isn't covered by dental insurance. However, West Bridgewater Dental takes several payment methods. During your initial consultation, we can provide estimates of your treatment costs and discuss how to find medical financing to make your procedure more affordable.
Plan Your Procedure
Cosmetic gum contouring at West Bridgewater Dental is a wonderful treatment for several reasons — it can improve the appearance of your smile and reduce your chance of developing gum disease. If you'd like to enhance your smile or improve your oral health, gum sculpting might be right for you. To get more information about gum contouring, contact our office in West Bridgewater, MA to schedule your appointment with our skilled multi-specialty team.