A great smile is a combination of beautiful, healthy teeth and the right amount of gums to support them. If excessive gums are detracting from your smile, talk to your cosmetic dentist about gum contouring to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Read on to learn more about gummy smiles and gum contouring.
What is a gummy smile?
If you have too much visible gum tissue, you have what’s called a “gummy smile.” This is often caused by excessive gum tissue or a short upper lip. If teeth have erupted abnormally, they appear to be short when they are the right length but not showing completely. If you are bothered by the appearance of your gums, then gum contouring may be right for you.
Am I a candidate?
Candidates for gum contouring, also called a cosmetic gum lift, believe their teeth look too small or too short, or they don’t like the amount of gum tissue that shows when they smile. If your gums are not healthy, you may need periodontal treatment for gum disease first before continuing with the gum lift procedure. Healthy gums are important for recovery.
What is gum contouring?
The treatment of gummy smiles has come a long way from the use of scalpels and sutures to remove the excess gum tissue and close incisions. State-of-the-art gum lifts consist of using laser technology to cauterize the area where excess tissue is removed, which eliminates the need for sutures and reduces bleeding. Patients usually don’t require or need just mild topical anesthetic for comfort.
How long does it take to heal?
While gum contouring requires little downtime, your gums will be sore after treatment. You’ll want to limit activities for the first day or two. It may take a few days or a couple of weeks for your gums to heal completely.
Contact our Northern Virginia Dentists
Please call 703-214-3182 to schedule an appointment at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or 703-214-3186 for an appointment at South Riding Smiles. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding and throughout Northern Virginia.