Also called crown lengthening, gum contouring is a periodontal procedure that lifts the gum tissues for a balanced, more proportional smile. Our skilled dentist, Dr. Jireh Yue, uses cosmetic sculpting to reshape or remove the excess gum tissue, exposing a greater amount of the tooth enamel. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our full-service practice uses gum contouring to lift the tissues so your teeth appear more aesthetically pleasing. This procedure is also beneficial for reducing the spaces where harmful bacteria can hide, causing issues such as gum (periodontal) disease. Allow our caring team in Houston, TX to help you achieve the smile you want with a gum contouring procedure. To reserve your appointment, contact our team for a custom consultation.
At Made Ya Smile Dental, gum contouring can serve both aesthetic and functional purposes. A "gummy" smile occurs when the soft gum tissues cover a large amount of the tooth surfaces, making the teeth appear short when you smile. This effect can be eliminated by removing the excess tissue and sculpting the gumline to better frame the teeth. For other patients, gum and bone tissue can cover a decayed or damaged tooth, making it harder for our staff to restore the tooth back to health. Gum contouring can remove enough of the tissue so we can place a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or filling.
You may be a candidate for gum contouring if you have excess gum tissue, a gummy smile, or if the gums are interfering with the restoration of a decayed or damaged tooth. This can be caused by:
- Overgrown (hyperplastic) gums
- Inflamed or infected gums
- An uneven gumline
- Certain prescription medications
- Some genetic factors
- Deep decay or damage on a tooth
What to Expect
Dr. Yue has advanced dental training to perform gum contouring procedures at Made Ya Smile Dental to improve your oral health and overall appearance. We begin by numbing the area to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If you feel nervous about visiting our facility for care, we can also discuss easy sedation options beforehand during your consultation. We will then gently remove the gum tissue and adjust the gumline in the smile zone. If the treatment is being performed for the purpose of placing a restoration, we will reduce the gum or bone tissue as needed. The end result will reveal a new, beautiful smile. Most patients at our facility can complete a gum contouring procedure in just one appointment.
You may have minor discomfort in the gums for a few days following a gum grafting procedure. Made Ya Smile Dental will give you some instructions for taking care of your teeth and gums at home, including how to minimize discomfort. In most cases, over-the-counter pain relievers can help control gum tenderness. Dr. Yue and his staff will recommend brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal to generate the best results for your smile. This also keeps bacteria and plaque from interfering with your new gumline. Keep scheduling routine dental examinations and bi-annual cleanings so we can ensure your results are long-lasting, serving your oral health needs for many years.
Based on whether you need gum contouring for aesthetic or functional reasons, your procedure may be covered by dental insurance. A member of our administrative or business team will call your provider before your procedure to learn more about your plan and coverage. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our staff cares about making dental care accessible for all payments. We offer a range of convenient payment options, including low-interest financing through our partner, CareCredit®, to meet your needs.
Trade in a gummy smile for a new, refreshed gumline with a simple procedure from the professional team at Made Ya Smile Dental. Gum contouring allows Dr. Yue to improve the cosmetic appeal of your smile and place restorations while preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. To remove excess gum tissue and achieve a healthier, balanced grin, reach out to our friendly staff for a custom consultation in Houston, TX.