Gum Contouring Overview
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 transforming a gummy smile with gum contouring and sculpting.
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Best Candidates for Gum Contouring
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.
What to Expect with Gum Contouring
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, gum contouring can be completed in a single appointment.
Gum Contouring Recovery
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.
Gum Contouring Insurance Coverage
As a cosmetic dental procedure, gum contouring 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 and reshaping
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.