Gum reshaping can help patients who have trouble with uneven gum growth or excessive gum growth, which extends onto the teeth causing pain or discomfort. However, gum reshaping has been proven effective for patients who suffer from a receding or deteriorating gum line as well. While some people are afflicted by these conditions, biologically, some are affected because of poor dental hygiene, prescription medication use, or tobacco use.
Cosmetic and Medical Gum Reshaping
There are two main reasons to receive gum reshaping, cosmetic and medical. Cosmetic gum reshaping is done when there is excessive gum growth on the teeth. Cosmetic gum reshaping can not only help with the discomfort of having excessive gum growth, it also is a great way to show off your beautiful smile. Medical gum reshaping occurs when there is a recession of the gum line. When gums deteriorate, they expose more of the teeth and sensitive areas of the upper gum. After the gum line has receded, the gum becomes progressively more susceptible to harmful bacteria residing in the mouth. This process makes you more susceptible to gum disease such as gingivitis or tooth loss and decay.
What is the Process?
We will apply a local anesthetic to the gums before the shaping occurs and then use a soft tissue laser to either reshape the gum line if it has extended onto the teeth or seal open gums which have receded. After the procedure is completed, it is important to keep up good dental care so that the gums can fully and properly heal.
The dangers of gum disease and tooth decay could have a long-term impact on your life. This is why we always recommend visiting our clinic regularly to catch early signs of gum stress and disease. If you think you are an eligible candidate or at risk, we always recommend consultation before undergoing a gum reshaping procedure so that we can discuss the risks and benefits. It is important to us that we can discuss your dental health and encourage that you give us a call or schedule an appointment.