Several gum issues cause serious issues to your oral and overall health, such as advanced periodontal disease. But some gum issues may only affect your appearance like a ‘gummy smile.’ A ‘gummy smile’ refers to a smile that has a disproportionate amount of gums covering the teeth. If you have a ‘gummy smile,’ you may feel self-conscious and hyper-aware of the amount of gum you have showing when you grin, speak, or laugh. Cosmetic gum surgery can treat a gummy smile by balancing out the ratio between gums and teeth in your smile.
Cosmetic gum surgery is also known as gum recontouring. You and your dentist will discuss the goals of how much gum tissue will remain, and with precision, the excess gum tissue will be surgically removed. Cosmetic gum tissue can work in tandem with other cosmetic procedures to create a completely upgraded smile. Gum recontouring can be done to remove excess tissue of a ‘gummy smile’ or to reshape uneven gum tissue. Some mouths have gum tissue that creates a crooked, asymmetrical appearance to the smile.
Reducing a ‘gummy smile’ may increase your confidence and love of your smile, but it may also have some health benefits. Excess gum tissue provides a lot of opportunity for bacteria to hide and cause inflammation and irritation. With the removal of the excess gum tissue, there is less likelihood for gum disease to develop and progress. Maintaining the health of your gums and cleaning your gingival tissue will become easier after cosmetic gum surgery.
We are proud of the training we invest in both general dental care and advanced treatments like cosmetic gum surgery, pinhole surgical technique, or guided tissue regeneration. Dr. Vahadi is trained in precision cosmetic gum surgery. To schedule a consultation, call Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, TX, at 972-335-7100. We proudly welcome patients from Frisco and all surrounding communities, including Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Carrollton, Lewisville, and more.