There is more to a beautifully constructed smile than just the color and straightness of your teeth. Another important factor that goes hand and hand with those factors is the shape of your gums and the amount of your tooth that is covered up by your gums. In some cases, your teeth may be hidden behind too much gum tissue, giving your teeth a short and stubby appearance.
If this is a problem that you may have, Oregon Smile Care Center can help change your gummy smile to give your smile the appearance that you think it should have.
Gum Contouring To Give Your Smile The Desired Look
Gum reshaping, also known as gum contouring, is carried out to remove unwanted gum tissue that covers up teeth. Gum contouring is a procedure that Dr. Hanson and our staff at Oregon Smile Care Center carry out quite often. Dr. Hanson uses a laser and a local anesthetic to ensure that the process is painless.
Usually done in just one visit to our Salem, OR office, gum contouring can leave your gums a little bit sore in the days following the procedure, but with our soft-tissue laser, your gums will heal very quickly and the pain will subside. When carrying out this procedure, Dr. Hanson will very carefully remove only the gum tissue that covers the enamel of the tooth. He will take great care to not expose the root of the tooth, a problem that can result from another dentist doing the procedure without the expertise that Dr. Hanson possesses. You’ll be excited to see the difference this simple procedure can make in your smile!
Gum Contouring: Working Together With Veneers And Smile Makeover
Gum contouring can also be performed if there is other dental work that is going to be done and it is determined that some gum tissue may get in the way of that. When we place veneers, for example, you must have a sufficient amount of tooth for us to bond the ultra-thin veneer covers to your natural teeth. If there isn’t enough tooth to bond the veneer, we will need to remove some gum tissue in order to achieve your desired smile.
The same process can take place when Dr. Hanson is performing your smile makeover. If you are totally transforming your smile with cosmetic bonds, Invisalign, teeth whitening, or other cosmetic procedures, you may need to have some gum tissue removed to ensure your entire smile looks as beautiful as possible.