Contouring Can Improve Your Grin’s Symmetry

El Paso, TX, dentist offers periodontal cleanings

In recent blogs, we have discussed several ways to enhance your appearance. Professional teeth whitening can erase stains from your enamel, bonding can disguise blemishes, and prosthetic options can replace missing teeth. If the problems you have with your smile stem from having uneven or excessive gums, there is a way to help this as well. Today, your Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry in El Paso, Texas, is here to discuss gum contouring.

The Purpose Of Our Gums

The tissue that surrounds our teeth helps protect against infections, keeps our pearly whites in place, and is an important aspect of our appearance. When you have an excessive amount of gingivae showing when you grin, it can make your teeth appear shorter, make your smile appear unsymmetrical, and may even cause problems with your dental hygiene. Flossing thoroughly can be difficult if your gums are long or cover up the bottom of your tooth. In severe cases, this can lead to developing gingivitis. This infection happens when there is a buildup of plaque below the tissue line and can cause swelling, discomfort, and bad breath.

Improving Your Hygiene And Appearance With Contouring

Other cosmetic treatments simply address visual concerns with your pearly whites. Gum contouring differs from this because it can improve esthetic problems and oral hygiene as well. Visually, removing excessive tissue can make your grin appear more symmetrical. It can also make flossing and brushing easier once the tissue has been reshaped. As a result, you may decrease your risk of gingivitis and cavities and boost your confidence.

What To Expect From This Procedure

Like all other cosmetic enhancements, you will first need a consultation before treatment. Your gums and teeth must be in good health before moving forward. If your dentist sees any problems, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, this will need to be treated first. Gingivitis can be treated with the help of deep cleanings. These cleanings will include scaling and root planing to remove plaque buildup from below the tissue line.

At your appointment, the area may be numbed for your comfort. Then, the dentist will gently reshape the tissue or remove excess areas. Bumpy areas will be smoothed out as well to create an even look. This appointment may last around one to two hours. During your recovery, remember to eat soft foods and take pain reducers as instructed. If you begin to experience severe discomfort, contact your dentist immediately. You will be able to follow your oral hygiene routine, but you may need to use a softer bristled brush during the two-week recovery period.

See If This Treatment Is Right For You

If you are interested in contouring, or another cosmetic enhancement, call Sunny Smiles Dentistry in El Paso, TX, today at 915.759.7000.