Also referred to as gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, gingival contouring is a periodontal procedure that helps people whose gums are too low or too high by sculpting the gums.
Reasons for High and Low Gums
There are many reasons why a person’s gums appear too high or low. A common cause of gums being too high is gum recession, which occurs when the gum tissue pulls back from a tooth and can expose the root of the tooth. While gum contouring procedures are thought of by many as cosmetic dental procedures, many dental problems can actually be resolved through gingival contouring such as decay from the root being exposed.
Who Should Get Gum Contouring Surgery?
Gum contouring is part of many regenerative periodontal procedures. There may even be instances where part of the gum can grow over a crown and must be removed. However, the majority of those electing to have gingival contouring do so for cosmetic reasons. After all, there is no reason to be self-conscious about your smile! If you do not like how your gums look in relation to your teeth, let your dentist know this is a concern.
Gum Contouring Procedure
The procedure is relatively simple and can often be completed by your dentist in one visit. With the advent of laser technology, the removal of the excess gum tissue is a relatively pain and discomfort free procedure. A simple anesthetic is applied to numb the area, and the laser does the rest. Unlike gum contouring of years past, the lasers also seal the gum, therefore eliminating bleeding during the procedure or the need for stitches afterward.
If you are having issues related to your gums, or feel self-conscious about how your gums look when you smile, book an appointment with Toothworks Calgary, and we will be happy to help you!