Some dental patients are unhappy with their smile because of the appearance of the gum line along their upper teeth. Excessive gingival tissue extending onto the front teeth can cause what is sometimes called a gummy smile. The gum line may also be uneven or asymmetrical. Gum reshaping at Sandcreek Dental in Idaho Falls, ID, can solve this cosmetic concern, providing a more attractive frame for your smile.
Dr. Mark Tall is committed to meeting all of his patients’ cosmetic dental needs, while providing comprehensive restorative and general dental care. Sandcreek Dental offers full service dentistry for the whole family. Please contact us today and speak to a friendly staff member to schedule your appointment.
Gingival contouring, often called gum reshaping or gum contouring, is a common procedure performed in cosmetic dentistry. Some patients with otherwise beautiful teeth have extended gum tissue, which can be a genetic trait or may sometimes be caused by certain medications. This excess tissue can cause the teeth to appear smaller or misshapen, making some patients feel self-conscious about their smile.
Dr. Tall often recommends gingival contouring to these patients, which yields dramatic results in a single appointment. With this simple procedure, unwanted tissue can be eliminated, so the teeth appear longer and more proportionate. Gum reshaping can also be used to sculpt a patient’s uneven gum line, creating a more pleasing frame for the teeth. In some cases, removing excess gum tissue may also make it easier to maintain the health of the gums.
Gingival sculpting can be performed with a scalpel or minimally invasive laser. This procedure can be completed in about an hour, with minor discomfort to the patient. A local anesthetic numbs the gums, and your doctor will precisely trim and contour the tissue. Dr. Tall understands that some patients experience anxiety in the dental chair, so nitrous oxide sedation is always offered for our procedures. In this case, patients will be asked to rest until the effects of the medication have worn off completely. After the appointment, patients can return to their usual activities right away. You will be provided with post-operative instructions, which may include eating soft foods until healing is complete.
Depending on your goals, gum reshaping can be used to lengthen the appearance of one tooth or all the teeth that are visible when you smile. Some patients choose to combine gingival contouring with other cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain veneers or teeth whitening. Dr. Tall offers a complete smile makeover for patients who wish to transform their smile and face the world with renewed confidence.
We would love to welcome you to our dental family. The Sandcreek Dental team is warm, friendly, and dedicated to personal care. Our dentists and hygienists use the most advanced available techniques to provide comprehensive care that is safe, effective, and comfortable. Please contact our office today to set up your appointment and learn more about how gum reshaping can benefit you.