Have you ever thought about the elements that go into an attractive smile? Things like the color of the teeth and how straight they are might automatically pop into your mind. But, just like home designers know the intricate details of how a wide variety of elements come together to create a welcoming space, your cosmetic dentist in Springfield, VA, has a deep understanding of the factors that go into creating an aesthetically pleasing grin.
One important part of a smile that people do not often think about is the gums. If they are uneven or extend too far over the teeth, you may have what is referred to as a “gummy smile.” Fortunately, our team can reshape your gums so they are a subtle frame for your teeth rather than the center of attention.
Simply put, gum recontouring is a minimally invasive procedure wherein we reshape the gum line. It involves using special tools to remove excessive gum tissue, thus revealing a greater portion of the teeth. It is a safe treatment with a very low risk of complications. Crown lengthening is a similar procedure to gum recontouring, but its main purpose is to expose more of a tooth in order to make room for a restoration, such as a dental crown or a porcelain veneer.
First, your dentist will discuss your treatment goals and expectations with you. Then, they will design a plan for helping you achieve your dream smile. When you undergo your surgery, you should feel little to nothing. Thanks to modern tools and local anesthesia, you can expect to be comfortable while your doctor reshapes your gums.
Following your procedure, you might experience some redness and swelling for a few days. That is normal, and such symptoms should subside relatively quickly. Eating cool, soft foods and taking mild painkillers can help make your recovery as smooth and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or concerns while you heal from your procedure, you are welcome to contact us.
A gummy smile is a problem that afflicts millions of people, but just because it is common does not mean you should have to put up with it. If more than two or three millimeters of your gum tissue show when you smile, or your gum line is uneven, you may be a candidate for gum recontouring.
Following your procedure, you can expect to enjoy a number of aesthetic and emotional benefits. Your teeth will no longer look stubby and short, and they will be able to accommodate porcelain veneers if you want to take your smile makeover to the next level. Your smile’s improved appearance may have a dramatic positive effect on your confidence level.
Are you ready to invest in gum recontouring and discover your smile’s true potential? Contact Smiles in Springfield today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.