A "gummy smile" is characterized by the presence of an excess of gum tissue on the teeth visible in the smile zone, and it is not often a look that is desired by patients. To correct the appearance of a gummy smile, Made Ya Smile performs cosmetic sculpting of the gum tissue, called gum contouring. This procedure lifts the gumline and reshapes the tissue that surrounds the teeth to produce a more attractive smile. This treatment can also be performed to improve your oral health if you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed around the gums. Skilled dentist Dr. Eric Capps frequently performs gum contouring for patients desiring a more beautiful smile or as an add-on to another procedure. If you'd like to improve the health and look of your smile, contact our Rosenberg, TX office to learn more about this advanced treatment.
You may qualify to receive gum contouring if you have a disproportionate quantity of gum tissue covering your teeth, especially those in the smile zone. Also known as crown lengthening, this procedure serves to remove the excess gum tissue that surrounds the teeth to reveal more tooth enamel and enhance the appearance of your smile. Gum contouring may also be beneficial for patients receiving a restorative procedure who require gum tissue to be removed to fully access the area. Reducing the amount of gum tissue along the gumline can also improve your oral health because it gives bacteria fewer places to hide and fester, which could cause damage to your oral structures. Excess or overgrown gum tissue may be brought on by a number of factors, including genetics, certain orthodontic treatments, some medications, or even gum disease.
What to Expect
Gum contouring is a procedure that lifts or lowers the gumline (depending on which arches are being worked on) to reveal more of your natural teeth. Before we begin your treatment, we will apply a local anesthetic to the gums that will be treated. It is during this time that we will also administer any nitrous oxide if this was a part of your treatment plan. If you are receiving oral-conscious sedation for your procedure, this should be taken one hour before your appointment. Once Dr. Capps is assured that you're comfortable and ready, he will begin to gently sculpt the gum tissues that surround your teeth and reshape the gumline to produce a seamless, attractive appearance. This treatment can usually be completed in one convenient in-office appointment, so you will feel the benefits of your results instantly.
Following your procedure, you may be required to return to our office for a follow-up if sutures were placed. During this check-in appointment, we will remove any sutures and assess the condition of your gums. If you experience any discomfort or tenderness after your gum contouring treatment, this can be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever. To maintain your oral wellness, you will need to keep up a good at-home oral health routine that consists of daily flossing and brushing. You should also continue to attend your yearly dental examinations and bi-annual cleanings at our Rosenberg, TX office. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our team for guidance so we can help you keep your smile looking beautiful and feeling healthy.
When gum contouring is done for cosmetic reasons, insurance will typically not cover these costs. However, if the treatment is needed as an add-on to another procedure, some of the costs may be covered by your provider. To determine your benefits, we will contact your insurance carrier and file a claim on your behalf. If you do not have dental insurance, or if you have any out-of-pocket costs, these will be calculated and reported back to you. Our office accepts most major PPO insurance plans as well as a variety of payment methods and medical financing.
For a More Balanced Smile
Many patients of all ages may experience insecurity over their "gummy smile," which is caused by an excess amount of gum tissue that covers the enamel of the teeth in the smile zone. To achieve a wider and brighter smile, cosmetic gum contouring lifts the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth and reshapes the gumline to produce a more seamless appearance. If you think you could benefit from this in-office treatment, contact our Made Ya Smile team in Rosenberg, TX and schedule a one-on-one appointment with general dentist Dr. Capps.