Gum contouring, also called gum reshaping, gum lift, or tissue sculpting, is a cosmetic dental procedure to correct excessive gingival display or an uneven gum line. If you feel your upper teeth look too short compared to the gum tissue that shows when you smile, you may have a condition known as gummy smile. This may be corrected with gum contouring, Nellysford
practice, Drs. Rice and Associates provide a wide array of cosmetic, restorative, and preventive services. The doctors there are extremely gentle, skilled, experienced, and have extensive advanced training to provide patients the best care with all of the latest techniques.
A gummy smile is typically caused by genetic factors, but can be caused by certain medical conditions, as well as a side effect to some medications. It can make you hesitant to smile and cause your self-esteem to plummet. Gum contouring can improve the appearance of your teeth, restoring balance and symmetry to your smile. This procedure may be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Gum contouring is a simple procedure, but requires a doctor with precision skills and an artistic eye for optimum results. Drs. James Rice, Jennifer Rice, and Sherman Smock are consummate professionals that have been creating beautiful, healthy smiles in the Charlottesville and Nellysford area for more than 20 years each. They possess the type of experience you can trust to provide you with ultimate care and an ultimate smile
The treatment is performed an on outpatient basis, using local anesthesia. The excess gingival tissue is trimmed away and the new gumline is aesthetically shaped. In some cases, a small amount of bone at the root of the tooth must be removed as well for the most aesthetic result. The treatment is quick, virtually painless, produces immediate results. Pain during the healing process can be eased with over-the-counter pain relievers, however, do not take aspirin as this can cause bleeding. Your doctor will give you instructions about how to aid the recovery process and what types of foods to eat.
If you are interested in improving your smile with gum contouring in Charlottesville
, call 434-823-2290, or if in Nellysford
, call 434-361-2442 to schedule a consultation. The doctors will guide you to a stunning, healthy smile. If gum contouring isn’t the right treatment for your concerns, they will discuss alternative treatment plans to help you achieve your dental goals.