Your smile is an important feature. It is often the first thing that others notice about you. When most people think of what makes a perfect smile, the focus tends to be on the teeth. While the appearance of your teeth is important, your gums also play a crucial role. A gum line that is too high, too low, or uneven can significantly impact the quality of your smile, no matter how perfect your teeth are. Bradshaw Family Dental can improve the appearance of your gum line, and the quality of your smile, with gum contouring.
Causes of an Uneven Gum Line
Even if your teeth are otherwise perfect, a gum line that is too high, too low, or just uneven in general, can significantly decrease the quality of your smile. A high gum line is often due to gum recession. This causes your teeth to appear long. Gum recession can be caused by many different issues, including gum disease, aggressive tooth brushing, and bruxism. In addition to affecting the quality of your smile, gum recession can also increase your risk for tooth decay and cavities as well as tooth sensitivity.
A low gum line, on the other hand, is caused by excess gum tissue. When your gum line is too low, your teeth appear small, almost like baby teeth. Excess gum tissue can be caused by a few different things, including genetics and certain types of medications. When you have excess gum tissue, your risk for developing gum disease is higher, and certain types of dental procedures may be more difficult.
What is Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that is performed to improve the appearance of your gum line and enhance the quality of your smile. With this procedure, we can reshape your gum line to help it look more natural. While gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure, it also helps to improve your oral health as well.
In the past, gum contouring was performed using a scalpel. Today, however, we perform this procedure using a dental laser. The laser uses a thin, concentrated light beam to help you achieve an improved smile. The laser provides us with pinpoint accuracy, allowing us to target only the necessary tissue. It causes much less tissue trauma as well as much less bleeding. Because of reduced tissue trauma, pain and swelling after your procedure are greatly reduced. The laser also helps to stimulate the growth of new tissue where necessary.
Gum contouring is done under a local anesthetic. Small incisions are made in your gums to separate the tissue from the teeth. Next, the laser is used to reshape your gum line to provide you with the best possible results. Once your procedure is complete, your gums are sutured closed against your teeth.
The Benefits of Gum Contouring
Gum contouring provides many incredible benefits.
Gum contouring can help you to achieve a more aesthetic gum line, which can greatly improve the quality of your smile. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Bradshaw Family Dental today at (928) 277-0076.
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