In our last blog, we touched briefly on dental contouring, which we use to reshape the teeth and address esthetic issues. But what your gums? These not only hold your teeth in place, but they frame your smile as well, so swelling or excessive tissue could lead to impacts on your appearance. Fortunately, your El Paso, TX, dentists offer esthetic treatment for your gums!
The Impact of a Gummy Smile
A “gummy smile” is a term that means there is excessive tissue on display when you smile. This tissue could make your teeth appear small or uneven, or could just show off too much tissue when you smile or laugh. To correct this, we need to perform a contouring procedure.
Contouring the Gum Line
The procedure involves gently and carefully trimming away excessive tissue with precision and accuracy. We reshape the gum line to help improve the way the tissue frames your smile. The process takes one visit, and will provide detailed aftercare instructions. Often, patients return to normal activities after about a day or two of rest. You then enjoy a stunning new smile.
Benefits for Periodontal Health
Often, our gums could swell, bleed easily, or appear more red than usual as a result of poor periodontal health. Gum inflammation, which occurs when the tissue is irritated and inflamed, could develop as a result or poor oral hygiene allowing plaque buildup to flourish, or possibly cigarettes and tobacco use, family history of poor periodontal health, inflammatory illnesses, or the use of certain medications. Unless treated, this could worsen until gum disease develops. There is no cure for periodontal disease, but routine care can keep it under control and protect your smile from the onset of periodontitis, an advanced stage linked to adult tooth loss.
Safeguarding Your Gingival Tissue
To protect your smile’s health and avoid the onset of swelling due to poor periodontal health, we suggest taking time to brush your teeth twice a day and flossing carefully before going to bed each night. These steps reduce the severity of plaque buildup by removing the food particles that would feed harmful bacteria. We also suggest making time for routine checkups and cleanings, so we can monitor your smile and remove all plaque on a regular basis. If you have any questions about contouring your gum line, or about taking steps to protect your smile from gingivitis and periodontal disease, then contact our team today.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX ABOUT COSMETIC DENTAL TREATMENTS
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we can help you enjoy a more attractive smile with cosmetic treatments for the teeth and gums. For more information on cosmetic treatment options, contact your El Paso, TX, dentists at Sunny Smiles on Dyer Street by calling 915-859-7000.