What is Gum Contouring?

If you have noticed your gums are resting too high or too low on your teeth and you are not happy with how your smile looks, you may be eligible for gum contouring surgery. This is a procedure offered by dentists to help sculpt or reshape your gum tissue. It falls under the category of cosmetic dentistry in Loudoun County, VA.

Causes of Uneven Gums

There are several factors that can lead to gums being too high or too low. If your gums cover most of your teeth, it can make them appear small. This is often the result of a health problem, genetics or certain medications.

If your gums are too high, it may make your teeth appear long and can be the result of gum recession. This condition is when your gum tissue starts to pull away from the tooth and exposes the root. While this causes aesthetic issues for some, gum recession may also cause serious dental issues, including tooth loss and an increase in decay.

Is Gum Contouring Necessary?

Gum contouring is a specific procedure, classified as cosmetic dentistry in Loudoun County, VA. when the patient uses it to help improve the look of their smile. However, some must undergo this surgery as a part of periodontal (gum) treatments, in which case it is considered a medically necessary procedure and may be covered by insurance. When medically necessary,  this procedure is not considered cosmetic dentistry in Loudoun County, VA.

What to Expect with Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is often completed in a dentist office. Radiosurgery, lasers, and scalpels are used for performing the gum contouring procedure. You need to talk to your dentist about the option best suited for your situation.

Prior to the surgery, your dentist will review everything they will do. In some cases, dentists use a pen to mark where your new gum line is going to be. This allows you to see exactly how much of your gums are being removed or pulled down.

Local anesthetics are used to numb the area. While there is some discomfort after the procedure, it can be easily controlled with prescription medication.

If you are interested in any cosmetic dentistry in Loudoun County, VA, talk with the staff at Dr. Deidra Bird Kokel’s office.