What is Gum Shaping?

Gum shaping may also be referred to as gum contouring, tissue sculpting or a gum lift as well. If your gum covers too much or too little of your teeth and you are not happy with how it looks, gum shaping may help. The goal of this cosmetic dental procedure is to even out an uneven gum lime.

Why Are My Gums Uneven?

Uneven gum tissue can be caused by a number of things.  If you have extra gum tissue, it can cover so much of the tooth that the tooth appears smaller when you smile, as seen in the photo above.  Additional gum tissue may be due to your genetics, certain health issues, or certain drugs that cause gum tissue overgrowth.  This is also referred to as  gingival overgrowth that is drug induced.

If you gum line is very high on your tooth, it will make your teeth appear longer. One of the main causes of a high gum line is gingival recession. Gingival recession normally occurs due to aggressive brushing habits or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard. In cases of severe recession, so much gum tissue can be lost, that the roots of teeth can be seen. It may also be caused by periodontal disease which is the breakdown of the supporting structures of the tooth.  Gingival recession puts you at risk for dental decay and tooth loss if left untreated.

What To Expect

Gum shaping or gum contouring is performed in your dentist’s office.  A local anesthetic used to numb the area before the procedure may be applied. In some cases, your dentist may advise that some of the bone at the front of the tooth’s root be removed to get a better result. The consultation with your dentist will answer all of your questions before you decide to proceed with the treatment.

Contact us for a consultation or to get more information about this procedure.

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