Peach Tree Dental offers gum contouring in Carthage, Missouri, to help improve your oral health and to treat or protect against periodontal disease. Our dentist may recommend gum contouring if your gums rest too low or high on your teeth, or if your gum line is uneven. Call 417-358-2233 to learn more about gum contouring and schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael Woody.
Gum contouring, or gum reshaping, is a procedure that helps to even out uneven or excessive gum lines. There are many reasons why your gums may be too low or too high, including genetics, health problems, or certain prescription drugs. Gum recession can also contribute to the appearance of your gums. Gum recession is often a sign of periodontal disease, and can cause dental problems such as tooth decay and tooth loss.
Gum contouring is considered a cosmetic dental procedure, as it is not usually a necessary medical treatment. However, some patients do undergo gum contouring as a periodontal treatment, usually as part of another periodontal procedure, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction, or a regenerative procedure.
Gum contouring can be performed with scalpels, lasers, or a combination of both tools. You may or may not experience pain during this procedure, depending on how much gum tissue is being shaped, grafted, or cut away. You will experience some swelling and discomfort following your treatment. Both the amount of pain involved in the procedure and your recovery time depend heavily on the type of tools used in the procedure. Our dentist will provide you with appropriate post-operative instructions to ensure that you recover without complications.
We invite you to contact our practice today to learn more about gum contouring and to schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist.