What Is Gum Contouring?
A "gummy" smile is a concern for many Bellevue, WA, area patients. This cosmetic concern may occur if the top portion of the teeth is concealed by excessive gum tissue, which also makes the front teeth appear short. At Premier Periodontics, gum contouring can sculpt your smile by removing the excess soft tissue and revealing more of the enamel surfaces. Not only can gum contouring create a more aesthetically appealing and wider smile, but it could also improve your dental health by eliminating places where bacteria may hide. This lowers your chances of developing periodontal disease, cavities, and oral infections. Make an appointment with our board-certified specialists at Premier Periodontics to learn more about gummy smile treatment in Bellvue, WA, and how we can transform a gummy smile with gum contouring and sculpting.
Gum Contouring Reviews
"I have a really positive experience every time I visit Premier Periodontics! From Diana at the front desk to Ariana who cleans my teeth to Dr. Ghadri, everyone is kind and professional. I had to have gum surgery last year, and they made it the best possible experience. I highly recommend them if you need periodontal care."- S.R. / Google / Dec 03, 2021
"I had gum surgery on Thursday the 11th. Dr. Hyun and Lourisa were awesome. I highly recommend them. I was not looking forward to the surgery, but they put me at ease and were very informative and gentle! It certainly wasn’t as bad as I had imagined and very little pain!"- A.S. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
"Issa Dkeidek, DDS, MSD did a “crown lengthening” procedure around lower-left-back crown. My dentist referred me to them and set up the appointment, because my permanent crown is so shallow that the permanent cement doesn’t hold the crown in place for more than a few months. He & assistant Sadie spent a generous amount of time answering my questions, and explaining the procedure and the after care. Some of my questions related to medical issues, and my TMD which causes my jaw to lock open during some dental procedures, unless I’m given frequent opportunities to close my jaw. He removed some surface gum, then cut it away to access & remove 1-3mm height off the jaw bone. Stitched gum back in place. In six weeks or so once the gum is firm enough to resist pressure, my dentist will take a mold for a new crown that will be deeper inside, and then hopefully I will never have issues with that one permanent crown popping off frequently, especially when it’s a new replacement. Gums were not deep enough to do the simpler gingivectomy. Gentle, fast, calm, friendly and good listeners!"- L.C. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
"I had gum surgery on Thursday the 11th. Dr. Hyun and Lourisa were awesome. I highly recommend them. I was not looking forward to the surgery, but they put me at ease and were very informative and gentle! It certainly wasn’t as bad as I had imagined and very little pain!"- A.S. / Google / Nov 19, 2021
"Dr. Hyundai and her assistant, Lourisa, did a superb job performing my gum surgery. Being very nervous of the unexpected, they explained my procedure thoroughly, and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. A very professional and compassionate team."- G.H. / Google / Sep 30, 2022
Is Gum Reshaping Right for Me?
Sculpting the gums may create a more proportionate smile while also assisting your oral health. You might be a candidate for gum contouring and sculpting if the gum tissues appearing in your smile line are low, covering too much surface area of your teeth. This type of periodontal procedure may also be ideal if you have problems with recurring oral infections or periodontal disease due to bacteria hiding under excess or overgrown gum tissue. Contact our dental team to schedule a consultation and see if cosmetic teeth shaping in Bellvue, WA is right for you.
How Does Gum contouring Work?
Gum sculpting or contouring 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 treatment, your gums and teeth will be cleaned, then dried. Our team will then use an advanced technique to gently remove and reshape your gum tissue until a more balanced gumline is revealed. As soon as your gums are the right shape and a proper tooth-to-gum balance has been achieved, we will rinse your gums so you may see your results. Usually, gummy smile treatment in Bellvue, WA, can be completed in a single appointment.
What Can I Expect After Gummy smile Treatment?
When your gummy smile treatment is complete, our clinical staff will discuss recovery instructions. Your gums might be a little red or swollen for a few days, which can often be minimized with nonprescription anti-inflammatory medication. If you follow a good oral health routine of daily brushing and flossing, your gum tissue will soon begin to heal. To enjoy lasting results for a healthy smile, we recommend that you keep up with routine dental cleaning and exam visits with your general dentist following a gum contouring procedure.
Does Insurance Cover Gum Contouring?
As a cosmetic dental procedure, gummy smile treatment in Bellvue, WA, may not be covered by dental insurance. However, Premier Periodontics still wants to help you get the care you need for optimal oral health. We are pleased to accept an array of payment methods and offer special 12-month financing. Talk with our knowledgeable business team today to learn more.
Gum contouring FAQ
How long does it take to recover?
Overall, your gums will take a few weeks to recover. We will provide specific instructions to follow to ensure the healing process goes smoothly. The tips we provide after your gummy smile treatment in Bellvue, WA, can help to reduce any discomfort you feel after the surgery.
Are there risks associated with gum contouring?
As with every surgery, there will be some risks involved. A relapse of gum tissue could be the main risk. However, if you still experience a gummy smile after surgery and aren't fully satisfied, contact our team. We will be happy to do whatever is necessary to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.
Does cosmetic teeth shaping in Bellvue, WA hurt?
You may experience some discomfort or pain. However, when you schedule an appointment in our office, we are sure to use numbing agents so that you don't feel anything during the procedure. If you experience any extreme discomfort, let our dental team know so that we can make adjustments.
How long do the results for gum reshaping last?
When you've experienced gummy gums affecting your smile, you want to know that gummy smile treatment will fix the issue. How long the results will last depend on the reason for the overgrowth. Request a consultation with our dental team so that we can address the issue and figure out how to help you.
Contour Overgrown Gum Tissues
Cosmetic gum contouring at Premier Periodontics is an excellent treatment for many patients. It can sculpt the gumline to improve the appearance of a "gummy" smile and serve to lessen the chances of gum disease. Whether you would like to enjoy a beautifully balanced smile or enhance your oral health, gum contouring may be a great option for you. To get more information about this procedure, contact our office in Bellevue, WA, to book your appointment with our talented team of periodontists.