The problem with your smile may not be caused just by your teeth. You might have perfectly aligned and radiantly white teeth, but you still manage to have an awkward looking smile. This can be due to having uneven gums. It might be that your gums sit way to high above the teeth or way too low. You can have very long teeth which show the dental roots, or you may have a very gummy smile. Regardless, both types of smiles are not so pleasing. Better to see your cosmetic dentist in Scottsdale, Dr. Mark Fleming so you can be looking your best.

Is gum contouring really necessary?

This may be one question which you have been dying to ask your dentist. It could be that your dentist has just suggested that you opt for the procedure, and your debating on the exact necessity of the procedure. In that case, the answer could be yes and no. While majority of the times that gum contouring procedures are requested is purely for cosmetic reason, gum contouring can be an integral part of a treatment plan that aims to improve your smile and gum health. For instance, the reason for why your dentist may have felt that you need the procedure is in order to correct severe gumline recession which happens when you develop gingivitis or periodontitis.

How is the gum contouring procedure done?

Depending on how your gums need to be re-shaped, Dr Fleming would either remove excessive gum tissues or excise gum tissue but pull the flap up and re-stitch it to cover the exposed dental roots. Before the start of the procedure, your dentist may draw on your gums in order to preview the extent of the procedure and serve as guide throughout the procedure. Once Dr Fleming knows how to go about with the procedure, he may then apply a topical or local anesthesia to numb up the gum tissues in preparation for the treatment. The removal of bone found at the front of the tooth may be necessary in order to make the gum contouring procedure more effective.

What should you expect after the procedure?

You may not be able to brush the gumline which is adjacent the treatment site in order to prevent irritation. At the same time, Dr Fleming may advise you to take in only soft foods for a couple of weeks after the procedure to prevent having to overwork the area by biting and chewing. Pain can be managed with the help of over-the-counter pain relievers.


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