Gum Contouring for a Balanced Smile
If your gums protrude or make your smile appear uneven, then you may be the ideal candidate for gum contouring. Also referred to as “gum reshaping,” gum contouring is the process of removing excessive gum tissue. Generally, gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure, but it can also help fight periodontal disease in some instances. At Celebrity Dental in Franklin Square, NY, Dr. Steven Novick specializes in gum contouring procedures that can help you achieve the balanced and beautiful smile, you deserve. Contact the office at (516) 481-1446 to schedule a consultation.
About Gum Contouring
Your consultation with Dr. Novick will involve a full oral assessment. After discussing your goals, Dr. Novick will determine if you are a candidate for gum contouring.
To begin the procedure, local anesthesia is administered. Then, Dr. Novick will eliminate excess gum tissue and delicately reshape the gum line. After the contouring is complete, you will be given directives for successful post-operative healing. Recovery should last for about a week and if necessary, you will be given medication for pain management.
Benefits of Gum Contouring
Gum contouring is a gentle procedure that provides patients with a dazzling smile.
Some of the benefits of gum contouring include:
- Confidence knowing that your gums no longer bulge
- A lower risk of gum disease and bacteria that can hide in the gums
- A more even and balanced gum line
- Minimal recovery and downtime
- A straightforward process and minimal downtime
- Minimal post-operative discomfort
- Safety and Efficiency
Reasons for Uneven Gums
A “gummy smile” is a phrase used to describe an irregular tooth-to-gum ratio. In many cases, excess gingival tissue is caused by genetics. However, the condition can also be the result of:
- Poor overall dental habits and hygiene
- Sensitivity to chemicals
- Consumption of tobacco or alcohol
- Certain medications
- Upper lip muscles that are hyperactive
Candidacy for Gum Contouring
If you think you may be a viable candidate for gum contouring, Dr. Novick would love to speak with you. Gum contouring can provide confidence, boost self-esteem, and keep many oral diseases and bacteria at bay. There are certain criteria that one must meet to receive gum contouring, however. Successful candidates for gum contouring are individuals who are:
- In good overall health
- Have no gum disease
- Are non-smokers
- Are committed to good oral hygiene habits
- Have uneven gums or a “gummy smile”
Gum Contouring Results
Many times, the tooth is hiding beneath the gum line. Gum contouring can expose more of the natural crown, delivering a more aesthetically pleasing result. Oftentimes, once the tooth is revealed, there are no further restorations needed. However, it is not uncommon to combine gum contouring with porcelain veneers for a truly dazzling look.
Gum contouring produces beautiful results and a more uniformed smile for the patient. After healing and recovery, no further techniques should be required. You will be advised to brush, floss, and practice good oral hygiene to keep the mouth healthy after your treatment.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you want to make your gummy smile a thing of the past, our team at Celebrity Dental in Franklin Square, NY can help you obtain a smile that will make a star. With nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. Novick is well-equipped to treat any dental issues you may have. Contact us online to schedule an appointment, or call (516) 481-1446.SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT