Common Questions About Gum Contouring

There are several options for improving your smile, and many of them focus on building up or restoring the appearance of your teeth. However, your smile’s appearance may be affected by more than just your teeth; for instance, excessive or uneven gum tissues can make your smile seem crooked even if your teeth are straight. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry includes ways to improve all aspects of your smile’s appearance, including contouring to improve your gum line. If you have questions about gum contouring and whether or not it’s right for you, then ask your dentist about it the next time you visit!

How does gum contouring improve my smile?

Cosmetic gum contouring is the process of carefully and artistically reshaping the gum line by trimming away excessive tissues. The procedure makes the gum tissues framing your smile more symmetrical and attractive while simultaneously reducing your risks of gingivitis and gum disease.

Can gum contouring be performed with other cosmetic treatments?

In many cases, gum contouring offers the perfect finishing touch to a complete smile makeover (a combination of two or more procedures designed to completely revamp your smile’s appearance). For example, if you receive porcelain veneers or a dental crown on one or more of your teeth, then your dentist may also contour the gums around them for greater esthetic results.

Can gum contouring treat gum disease?

Gum contouring can lower your risks of developing gum disease by making it easier to clean away plaque and food particles along your gum line. However, if gum disease is already present, then the procedure alone may not be enough to treat it. After thorough periodontal cleaning and maintenance, your dentist may contour away diseased gum tissues so the rest can heal.

Improve your smile’s appearance and your oral health with cosmetic gum contouring. Learn more by calling the Sunny Smiles dental office nearest you in El Paso, TX, today!