The look of a "gummy" smile may leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. To reverse the look of a gummy smile and create a balanced and confident grin, our Made Ya Smile team offers gum contouring and reshaping procedures. A gummy smile shows an unproportionate amount of gum tissue in relation to the teeth. Gum contouring, also known as crown lengthening, takes away some of this gum tissue to reveal more of the enamel surface and generate a wider and more even smile appearance. In some cases, gum contouring may be recommended for restorative purposes, when gum (and sometimes bone) tissue interferes with our ability to treat and place a restoration on a damaged tooth. Gum contouring gently reshapes and sculpts the gumline to give your smile a dramatic boost in appearance, improve oral health, and help you feel confident in sharing your smile with others. Learn if gum contouring is ideal for your treatment needs by scheduling a visit with general dentist Dr. Andrew LeQuang at our modern Katy, TX dental facility.
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An uneven gumline, excess tissue, or overgrown areas of the gums can be caused by factors like gum disease, genetics, treatment with orthodontics, and some types of medication. Dr. LeQuang may suggest gum contouring to benefit your smile in cosmetic or functional ways. When your smile reveals too much gum tissue, cosmetic sculpting and reshaping of the gums can be used to remove this excess tissue and create a gumline that balances your smile and frames your tooth enamel for greater aesthetic appeal. Gum tissue that covers tooth too much of tooth in areas where a cavity or other damage has occurred and is preventing the placement of a restoration may be improved with a functional type of gum contouring procedure. In this case, our team can remove a small amount of gum tissue, and possibly bone if needed, to expose a wider area of tooth structure. This gives our team the chance to repair the damage and creates the space necessary to place a crown or filling restoration. Gum contouring may also have the added benefit of improving overall gum health by minimizing the areas underneath the gumline where harmful bacteria tend to hide. Schedule a visit with Dr. LeQuang if you have concerns about excess gum tissue affecting your smile or overall oral health.
What to Expect
Gum contouring is generally a one-visit procedure performed with a local anesthetic. If you are anxious about receiving care, talk with Dr. LeQuang about your options for sedation dentistry services when visiting Made Ya Smile. Once your gum tissues are numb, our skilled team will gently create your new gumline by removing excess gum tissue with advanced dental instruments. Your gumline will be reshaped and sculpted to create a perfect balanced between your teeth and gums. When performed on the upper arch, we raise your gumline to a more attractive level. Gum contouring on the bottom arch lowers your gumline for a more aesthetic appeal. The overall result is a wider, balanced, and more attractive smile that reveals a greater surface area of your teeth in better proportion to your gum tissues that show when you smile. Gum contouring performed for functional purposes will remove gum and bone tissue to create the space necessary for Dr. LeQuang to eliminate tooth damage and place a restoration that can fit properly.
At the end of your gum contouring procedure, we will provide you with instructions on how to care for your mouth while your gums heal. Our team will also schedule a follow-up visit to remove your sutures if used during your procedure. You may have some minor gum tenderness following your procedure but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Be sure to follow our team's recommendations for brushing and flossing, as this will help to ensure your gums heal properly and stay healthy over the course of time. Dr. LeQuang check your gumline and gum contouring results during each of your routine dental exams and cleaning visits to make sure your results are still helping you enjoy an attractive, confident smile.
Before starting your gum contouring or gummy smile treatment, our business team will review your dental insurance coverage and let you know if there will be any personal costs. Made Ya Smile is pleased to accept most major PPO plans and will submit your dental insurance claim as a courtesy to you. Dr. LeQuang and our team want you to have a smile that you love and that supports your oral health. To help you get the care you need, our full-service facility accepts several convenient payment options and can provide you with information on interest-free financing solutions.
At Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX, our caring team is excited to offer cosmetic and functional gum contouring procedures to help you and your family feel better about your smiles. Gum contouring gently takes away excess gum tissue to reveal a wider smile and create a better balance between the teeth and gums. With a gum contouring procedure, you can overcome a gummy smile with one convenient trip to the dentist. Patients who have gum tissues that interfere with our ability to effectively restore a tooth may also benefit from gum contouring and reshaping. Contact our friendly team today and schedule your visit with Dr. LeQuang to learn more about your options for gum contouring treatment.