gum contouringSparkling white teeth are just part of what makes a smile beautiful and nice to look at. Those who are conscious of their smiles know all too well that the shape of the teeth is also important. If your teeth look small and stubby, or if your smile is showing too much gum, gum contouring may just be the right procedure for you.

Gum contouring can improve the following cosmetic issues:

  • How much gum tissue is displayed.
  • The size and shape of your teeth.
  • The length of your upper lip, and how often it moves.
  • The vertical position of your upper jaw and teeth relative to its position in your skull.

By removing some of the gum tissue, periodontists or dentists can help expose more of the enamel of the teeth. This procedure can then make the teeth look longer, your gums shorter and you less conscious of your smile.

The procedure is usually pain-free and dentists will only usually have to use a local anesthetic. Soreness is to be expected a few hours and even days after the procedure, but since the gums heal very quickly, they don’t really pose that much of a problem. There are also certain cases where along with the excess gum tissue, some bone may also have to be removed, requiring extensive anesthesia and longer healing time. Your dentist may also use a laser, which is a more modern method that helps minimize the risk of infection, as well as bleeding and drastically shorten the recovery time.

As far as which procedure is right for you, it’s best to check in with your dentist for confirmation. Your dentist will have to examine your mouth, teeth, as well as gums to determine just how much of your gums are showing and if there are any other possible causes apart from it having naturally occurred.

Once the cause has been determined, you’ll then be presented with a list of possible treatment options, including:

  • Same-day laser treatments
  • Surgical lip re positioning
  • Braces
  • Gum contouring
  • Re-positioning of the bones via maxillofacial surgery

Of the five, the most common would be laser treatments and gum contouring, both of which are also the most effective. However, if your dental specialist may recommend any one of the three other treatment options mentioned above.

If you would like to learn more about gum contouring, contact Kemmet Dental Design at 701-872-4789 or visit for additional information.

Kemmet Dental Design proudly serves Minot and all surrounding areas.

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