What is Gum Contouring?
A “gummy smile” occurs when the upper part of your tooth is hidden by extra gum tissue. At Downtown Boston Dental, gum contouring can be used to sculpt your smile by getting rid of excess soft tissue and exposing more of your teeth. Gum sculpting can not only create a more aesthetically appealing smile, but it can also improve your oral health by eliminating places where bacteria often live. This reduces your chances of having periodontal disease, cavities, and oral infections. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with one of our dentists at our Boston, MA office.
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Can I Have Gum Contouring?
Contouring the gums can give you a beautiful smile all while improving your oral health. You may be a good candidate for gum contouring if you would like to get a better smile by diminishing a “gummy” appearance by giving you a higher gumline. This procedure is also ideal if you have problems with chronic infections or periodontal disease due to bacteria hiding in large gum pockets.
What to Expect From Gum Contouring
Gum sculpting or contouring is done in our Boston, MA office with numbing cream or local anesthesia. If necessary, we may offer sedation options if you have fears or anxieties about getting dental work. Before your procedure, your gums and teeth will be professionally cleaned and dried. Then, we will use a laser to cut away excess gum tissue until we achieve a more balanced gumline. The laser cauterizes the tissue, minimizing bleeding throughout the treatment. As soon as your gums are contoured, we will clean your teeth and gums so you can see your results. For most patients, just one visit is all that is needed to complete this process.
Recovering from Gum Contouring
When your treatment is complete, we will go over your specific recovery instructions. We may prescribe antibiotics if signs of infection were seen during the contouring process. Your gums might be swollen for a few weeks, but if you follow a proper oral health routine of daily brushing and flossing, you should quickly heal. It's important that you continue to attend yearly dental examinations so we can check the health of your teeth and gums.
Insurance Coverage for Gum Contouring
Since gum contouring is considered a cosmetic dental procedure, it is not something insurance companies typically cover. However, Downtown Boston Dental takes many payment methods, which we can go over as we discuss the estimated costs of your gum contouring procedure at your consultation. We also can help you understand how to use medical financing to make your procedure more affordable.
A Beautiful Smile and Better Oral Health
Contouring your gums at Downtown Boston Dental can help you improve the appearance of your smile, as well as reduce your chances of getting gum disease or an oral infection. Whether you want to see a more beautiful smile or have better oral health, gum contouring could be great for you. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, contact our office in Boston, MA to make your consultation with one of our friendly dentists.