A Few Questions About Cosmetic Gum Contouring

There are several different aspects of your smile’s appearance besides your teeth. For example, patients in Oxnard, CA, who exhibit a gummy smile know that their uneven gum lines can have an even bigger impact on their smiles. Fortunately, they have a comfortable, convenient, and highly effective option for correcting their gum lines thanks to cosmetic gum contouring.

When is gum contouring a good idea?

Gum contouring is the process of gently and artistically reshaping your gum line when it covers too much structure on one or more of your teeth. The uneven appearance (commonly known as a gummy smile) can make your teeth appear uneven, which can affect your smile’s overall symmetry and esthetics. Gum contouring is often recommended to correct this symmetry and improve your smile’s appearance as well as your long-term oral and periodontal health.

How does gum contouring work?

The process of gum contouring involves carefully trimming away the excess gum tissues that unevenly cover your teeth. The process involves minimal oral surgery to sculpt your gum line, and if necessary, your dentist may recommend dental sedation to enhance your comfort and relaxation. Afterward, your dentist will give you detailed instructions on caring for your gums and oral health to avoid risks and optimize your results.

Will I need additional treatment?

Gum contouring is often suggested solely to correct a gummy smile. As such, it is often the only treatment necessary. However, it is also recommended to complete a smile makeover procedure or to help with the effectiveness of gum disease treatment. Depending on the exact need for your gum contouring, you may require additional cosmetic treatments as part of your smile makeover or periodontal treatment to restore your healthy gum tissues.

Learn more about cosmetic gum contouring

If you have a gummy smile, then find out if cosmetic gum contouring can create the more symmetrical and attractive gum line your smile deserves. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.