Gum Contouring

Reshaping Gummy Smiles with Contouring

Cosmetic dentistry involves every aspect of your smile’s appearance. While that often means the color, alignment, and appearance of your teeth, it can also involve the health, symmetry, and appearance of your gum tissues. For instance, if you have a gummy smile, meaning your gum tissues cover a disproportionate amount of your tooth structure, your entire smile’s appearance can be dramatically affected. Gum contouring is the process of reshaping an uneven gum line to improve its symmetry, and therefore, the symmetry of your whole smile. Though the procedure involves minor surgery to trim away the excess gum tissues, local anesthesia and safe dental sedation can significantly reduce discomfort and allow for faster, more precise treatment.

Are There Other Benefits to Reshaping Gummy Smiles?

By straightening your gum line, cosmetic gum contouring’s most notable benefit is the improvement to your smile’s appearance. Yet, proper symmetry is also important to your overall oral health and bite function. Brushing and flossing away oral bacteria and plaque is easier when your gums and teeth are symmetrical. This means you have a better chance at preventing chronic dental issues like tooth decay, chronic bad breath, and gum disease. If you already exhibit another chronic dental issue, gum contouring can improve the long-term success of your treatment by making ongoing dental maintenance easier.

Straighter, More Symmetrical Gum Lines

When your smile’s appearance is affected by an asymmetrical gum line, cosmetic gum contouring can comfortably correct it by sculpting a straighter one. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Hillsview Dental in Rapid City, SD, today at 605-342-6652.