Cosmetic Contouring for Your Gum Line

When the soft periodontal tissues, or gums, that surround your teeth are not even and symmetrical, their effect can impact your smile’s entire appearance. Often referred to as a gummy smile, the uneven appearance of gums that cover disproportionate amounts of tooth structure can be more than just a cosmetic concern. However, by cosmetically reshaping, or contouring, your gum line, we can simultaneously improve its appearance and reduce your risks of developing gum disease.

How Gum Contouring Works

Gum contouring involves minor oral surgery to gently trim away excess gum tissues. After a thorough examination to determine that gum contouring is an appropriate option, we’ll carefully plan your procedure to achieve optimal results with minimal, strategic gum trimming. In addition to correcting a gummy smile, we may also recommend gum contouring as the final stage of a more complete smile makeover. After bonding or contouring a tooth, placing one or more porcelain veneers, or performing other cosmetic or restorative treatment, gum contouring can help ensure that your gum line is appropriately proportioned to your new smile.

More Reasons to Consider Gum Contouring

In addition to the improved cosmetic appearance of your smile, gum contouring can also help you reduce your risks of developing gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. When gums aren’t even, oral bacteria can more easily work their way underneath them to settle on the surfaces of your teeth roots. This can quickly lead to gingivitis, the precursor to gum disease, and the need for periodontal cleaning and maintenance. When your gum line is more even, preventing this from occurring becomes much easier.

Improve the Contour of Your Gums

Reshaping your gum line can benefit your smile in several ways, from its overall appearance to its long-term health and integrity. To find out if you can benefit from cosmetic gum contouring, schedule an appointment with us by calling MMC Dental in Houston, TX, today at 713-926-8896.