What comes to mind when you think about an ideal smile? Most people tend to focus only on the appearance of the teeth. While the teeth do play an important role in a beautiful, confident smile, they are not the only factor. Your teeth can be perfectly straight, white, and blemish-free and your smile may still not be its best. This is because your gums also play an integral role in your smile. When you have too much gum tissue, too little tissue, or an uneven gumline, your smile may not be what you want. At ZenTech Dentistry, we can help you to achieve your ideal smile with gum recontouring.
Causes of Excess Gum Tissue or an Uneven Gumline
Your gumline plays a significant role in the quality of your smile. A gumline that is too high, too low, or uneven can deteriorate the quality of your smile, leaving you feeling incredibly self-conscious.
Additionally, it can also impact your oral health. A high or uneven gumline is often caused by gum recession. Gum recession occurs as a result of issues such as gum disease, bruxism, or aggressive brushing. When your gumline is too high, it makes your teeth appear longer. It also increases your risks for tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
Gums that are too low give you the appearance of a gummy smile. Your teeth appear short. Excess gum tissue can also increase your risk for gum disease, as the tissue provides a hiding place for oral bacteria and plaque. Excess gum tissue is often caused by genetics, but it may also be caused by certain types of medications.
What is Gum Recontouring?
Gum recontouring is a procedure designed to treat a high, low, or uneven gumline, restoring your smile and your oral health. Traditionally, this procedure has been performed using a scalpel. Despite being effective, a scalpel can cause significant bleeding, as well as pain and swelling following treatment. Today, we perform the procedure using a dental laser. With a laser, we use a concentrated beam of light approximately the thickness of a human hair. The light cuts and cauterizes tissue at the same time, reducing bleeding. The pinpoint accuracy also minimizes tissue trauma, reducing pain and swelling. The laser can also help to stimulate the growth of new tissue if necessary.
Gum recontouring begins with small incisions in the gums. We then use the laser to recontour your gums to provide you with the best results possible. When your procedure is complete, the gums are sutured snugly back against the teeth. Results are noticeable right away and continue to improve as you heal.
Benefits of Gum Recontouring
There are numerous benefits associated with gum recontouring. These benefits include:
If your gumline is keeping you from a perfect smile, gum recontouring can help. Call ZenTech Dentistry today at (503) 765-9699 to learn more and schedule your consultation.