If you’re afraid to smile because you think you show too much of your gums or teeth, gum contouring in Weehawken might be able to help you get a more even, healthy-looking smile.
Gum contouring is a procedure that changes the shape of your gums. It may be done for cosmetic or medical reasons. For example, if your smile is too “gummy” or you have gum recession, gum contouring can reshape them to give them a more even appearance. Or if you have gum disease, your dentist may recommend gum contouring in Weehawken if other treatments aren’t effective enough or are unsuitable.
For a “gummy” smile, the procedure involves cutting and shaping the gums to create a gumline that looks better proportioned with the teeth. When the gums have receded, because of gum disease, genetics, or they’ve simply worn away, gum contouring may involve taking tissue from the roof of your mouth and grafting it onto your gums to extend them. In some cases, both are an issue. Some teeth might have too much gum while some have too little. The dentist will then treat each tooth separately.
What are the benefits of gum contouring?
When gums recede, bacteria can get into the pockets under the gumline and settle there. Over time, more bacteria may accumulate, causing further gum recession and infection. A deep cleaning followed by a gum graft may treat or prevent infection and significantly reduces the risk of infection in the future.
Weehawken gum contouring may make your smile look more even and attractive, and give your teeth a nicer, healthier-looking shape. Your gums might also feel more comfortable inside your mouth.
The knowledge that your gums are free from bacteria and have been cosmetically reshaped can increase your sense of confidence. Looking and feeling healthier could put some extra spring in your step.
If you’re wondering if Weehawken gum contouring is right for you, book an appointment so we can discuss your options and find the best solution for your smile.