Most dental patients know that cosmetic, restorative and orthodontic dentistry procedures improve your teeth. There are treatments to reshape teeth, straighten teeth, correct damaged teeth, whiten teeth, and replace missing teeth. But what about your gums? Do you understand how much gum shape adds or detracts from the appearance of your smile? With cosmetic dentistry in Farmington, you can now change the shape of your gums.
People who are unhappy with their gums might want to look at gum contouring. The shape and size of your gum line can make your teeth appear too large or too small or otherwise out of proportion. Gum contouring can fix gums that appear too low or too high in relation to the teeth and tailor them for the perfect smile. Many dentists and periodontists offer gum contouring surgery.
This procedure is also called gingival sculpting, gingival contouring, or gum graft surgery, but don’t let the term surgery frighten you. It is performed with a precision laser and is minimally invasive. The procedure usually involves little pain and requires no recovery time.
Gum reshaping is not always done for purely cosmetic reasons, it is also used to treat gum recession, a common condition that can lead to decay and tooth loss. In gum graft surgery, soft tissue is typically taken either from the roof of the mouth, the area surrounding the site of the grafting, or a tissue bank. Gum grafts applied to exposed tooth roots protect teeth from continuing gum recession and decay and reduce tooth sensitivity. Of course, gum grafts often increase the attractiveness of the smile in the process.
If you are seeking more information about gum contouring or cosmetic dentistry in Farmington, call Sundance Dental & Orthodontics today at 505-985-5626 to schedule a consultation. As part of cosmetic dentistry in Farmington, we also offer dental implants, porcelain crowns, and dental veneers.