Cosmetic Gum Surgery
When you think of cosmetic dentistry, you probably think of improving the appearance of teeth, with procedures such as veneers or whitening. Sometimes, the problem is not with the teeth, but with the gums. A gumline that is too high, or too low, in relation to your teeth can be corrected with a simple cosmetic dental surgery. Longview dentist, Clint Bruyere, D.D.S. offers gum reshaping (also called gum contouring or tissue sculpting) to create an even gumline, and a beautiful smile.
Reshaping the gumline is considered primarily a cosmetic procedure, although it may be completed in conjunction with gum disease treatment. Many people, who think that their teeth are disproportionate, too small, or too long, actually need gum contouring. You may be a good candidate for cosmetic gum surgery if you have:
- “Gummy” smile – You show more pink than white when you smile. This is often a hereditary problem, though it can be caused by some medical conditions or prescription medications. Your teeth may appear small if your gums cover too much of the surface. The excess tissue can be removed, and the gumline shaped.
- High gumline – Your gums may recede for many reasons, most commonly age, or periodontal disease. A high gumline can make your teeth appear too long, making you look older than your years. It can also increase the risk of decay, due to the root being inadequately protected. Cosmetic gum grafting can restore your gumline, for a youthful, healthy smile.
- Collapsing gums – Missing teeth can cause the gum tissue to shrink, leaving an uneven, recessed portion of your gumline.
Using precision skill and advanced techniques, your gumline can be sculpted to perfectly accent and frame your teeth. Dr. Bruyere performs most gum surgeries right here in his office; complex cases may require a referral to a gum specialist. Gum contouring may be performed separately, or in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as porcelain veneers, bonding, or dental crowns, for a full smile makeover! If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile for any reason, you can count on the expertise of Dr. Bruyere and his associates. Call 903-708-6116 today and schedule an appointment.