Are Gum Contouring Results Permanent?

Are you self-conscious about an uneven gumline or a "gummy" smile? Many factors combine to make a great smile. Among the most important are the teeth size and shape, especially in proportion to the mouth and gums. Individuals with gums too high or low on their teeth can turn to gum contouring and reshaping to improve their smile's appearance. Gum reshaping, also known as tissue sculpting, is a cosmetic dental procedure to restore an even gumline and give patients long-term results.

If you are looking for a general dentist in Wylie, TX, Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot and his dedicated team at Trusted Dental Care are proud to offer gum treatments to improve your smile and oral health. Read on to learn more about gum contouring and reshaping and how the long-lasting results leave behind a more proportionate, healthy, and attractive smile.

What causes an uneven gumline?

Many things can cause a person's gums to be too high or too low. Excess gum tissue can make teeth look small, which is commonly called a "gummy" smile. It may result from taking a particular prescription drug, a side effect of an underlying health problem, or a hereditary trait. Gums that are too high make the teeth appear longer, often caused by gum recession, a condition in which the gumline pulls back from the teeth and even exposes the roots. Not only is it a cosmetic issue, but receding gums can also lead to other dental problems, like tooth loss or decay. It may also be a sign of periodontal disease. Some patients undergo gum contouring and reshaping as part of other necessary periodontal procedures, such as pocket reduction, crown lengthening, and other regenerative treatments.

What is gum contouring?

At Trusted Dental Care in Wylie, TX, our dental practice can provide the advanced laser technology of BIOLASEĀ® to treat a wide variety of gum concerns effectively. Dr. G. uses this minimally invasive approach to precisely perform gum disease treatments to target deep below the gumline's surface or perform gum contouring and reshaping to reduce excess gum tissue for cosmetic reasons. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. G. will examine your teeth and gums to determine which gum contouring technique may be right for your periodontal needs.

Is gum contouring permanent?

Receding gums leave teeth vulnerable and exposed, while pockets left behind in the gumline are ideal for bacteria to accumulate, causing gum disease. For men and women with cosmetic concerns, like a "gummy" smile, excess or overgrown gum tissue can make teeth look too small or irregularly shaped. Gum contouring and reshaping can be an essential step in restoring your dental health and smile. For patients concerned about an uneven gumline, any removed excess gum tissue will not grow back. Gum contouring and reshaping treatments provide patients with long-term results.

Gum contouring and reshaping are generally considered a cosmetic procedure. Most of the time, patients undergo this treatment to reshape their gums and improve their smile. However, some men and women experience tissue sculpting as part of other necessary periodontal procedures to improve their overall oral health. No matter your aesthetic or dental concerns, Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot at Trusted Dental Care in Wylie, TX can help. Call our office today to schedule a consultation to learn if you're a candidate for gum contouring and reshaping.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.