Achieve a More Balanced Smile with Cosmetic Gum Contouring
Dr. Damien Armstrong is committed to helping his patients look and feel their best by providing precise, flattering gum contouring to create a more proportionate smile. At River City Dentistry in Chattanooga, TN, we understand that excess gum tissue can produce an uneven gumline and gummy smile, giving the appearance of disproportionate teeth while distracting from the beauty of your smile. This cosmetic dentistry procedure reduces the amount of gum shown and lengthens teeth to create a more symmetrical gumline. With a wide range of experience in cosmetic and surgical dentistry, Dr. Armstrong will help you achieve a successful outcome and quick recovery.
What Causes Uneven Gums?
There are a variety of issues that can cause gums to sit too high or too low on your teeth, giving the appearance of an uneven gumline, such as:
- Certain health conditions (diabetes and leukemia)
- Prescription medications
Gums that sit too high are generally the result of receding gums, where the gum tissue pulls back away from the base of the tooth. Not only can this condition make teeth appear long, but patients with this condition are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. If necessary, Dr. Armstrong can combine your contouring procedure with periodontal therapy to prevent unhealthy bacteria from developing below your gumline and causing damage.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for this procedure include patients in good oral health with no signs of gum disease but are unhappy with the appearance of their smile due to:
- Excess gum tissue
- A gummy smile
- An uneven gumline
- Disproportionate teeth
- An asymmetrical smile
The Procedure: What to Expect
During your initial consultation, Dr. Armstrong will perform a full examination, walk you through the steps of the procedure, review your cosmetic goals, and create a treatment plan formatted to meet your unique needs. On the day of the procedure, Dr. Armstrong will provide sedation through nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation and numb your gums with a local anesthetic. Once you are comfortable, he will gently sculpt your gumline with special dental instruments until the desired results are achieved.
Once the procedure is completed, you are free to go home, but we recommend resting as much as possible for the first 24 hours as well as following your aftercare instructions carefully. You may experience soreness, swelling, and redness for the first week. Taking an over-the-counter pain medication can help minimize discomfort. Most patients achieve a full recovery in about two to three weeks. During this time, maintaining a soft foods diet and avoiding foods that cause irritation can also help with your recovery.
The key to a smooth recovery is following a healthy oral hygiene regimen and keeping the area clean.
The key to a smooth recovery is following a healthy oral hygiene regimen and keeping the area clean. When brushing and flossing, use gentle techniques so as not to disrupt the treatment area. This will help prevent infection and other complications from developing. In addition, patients who are committed to maintaining healthy teeth and gums are less likely to develop periodontal disease and lose gum tissue in the future.
Benefits of Gum Contouring
Once you have fully recovered, you will be able to enjoy:
- Increased self-confidence
- More aesthetically pleasing gum to teeth ratio
- A balanced and healthier-looking smile
- Long-lasting results
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to excess gum tissue or an uneven gum line, Dr. Armstrong can perform a safe and effective gum contouring procedure. To learn more about how you can benefit from this procedure, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.