You may have a "gummy smile" if the upper portion of your tooth is hidden by extra gum tissue. At Buford Family Dentistry, gum contouring can improve your smile by eliminating the extra soft tissue and revealing more of your teeth. Gum contouring doesn't just create a more attractive smile, but it could also improve your dental health by eliminating places where bacteria typically hide. This decreases your risk of getting periodontal disease, cavities, and infections. Make an appointment for a consultation with a practitioner at our office in Buford, GA to find out more about gum sculpting.
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 would like to get a better smile by correcting a “gummy” look. When your gums are low, gum contouring can give you an even, higher gumline. This procedure is also great if you have had problems with frequent infections or periodontal disease caused by bacteria trapped in large gum pockets.
What to Expect
Gum sculpting is completed in our office using local anesthesia. Options for sedation may be used if you have fears or anxiety about visiting the dentist. Before the procedure, your gums and teeth will be professionally cleaned then dried. Buford Family Dentistry can then use a special laser tool to cut away gum tissue until the desired shape and gumline is achieved. The laser tool cauterizes the gums to minimize bleeding throughout the treatment. As soon as your gums are contoured, our team will rinse your gums so you may enjoy your results. Usually, gum contouring will be completed in a single appointment.
After your treatment, our expert staff will give you instructions during your recovery. We might write a prescription for antibiotic medication if symptoms of infection were seen in the procedure. Your gums might be red and inflamed for 1 – 3 weeks; however, if you follow a good home oral care routine of daily brushing and flossing, your gum tissue will quickly return to normal. You should still make appointments for yearly dental examinations so we can continue to check the health of your gums and teeth.
As a cosmetic dental procedure, gum contouring isn't usually covered by dental insurance. However, Buford Family Dentistry takes several payment methods. Our caring and friendly staff can discuss estimates of costs during your initial consultation and how to find low-interest medical financing to make your procedure easier to afford.
Gum sculpting at Buford Family Dentistry is a wonderful treatment for many reasons — it will improve the appearance of your smile as well as reduce your chances of getting gum disease. If you would like to enhance your smile or have better oral health, gum sculpting might be right for you. To get more information about gum contouring, contact our office in Buford, GA to schedule your appointment.