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Gum Re-Contouring

A beautiful, confident smile is important. Your smile is the very first thing that many people notice about you and can have a significant impact on the first impressions that you make. When most people think of the perfect smile, they tend to focus solely on the teeth. While the teeth are an important factor in your smile, your gums also play a critical role. If your gums are too high, too low, or uneven, your smile is left imperfect, no matter how straight and white your teeth are. At Spalding Dental, we can help to improve the quality of your smile and boost your confidence, with gum re-contouring.

What Can Affect the Gum Line?

The gums are an integral component in the appearance of your smile. Even if your teeth are perfect, a gum line that is too high, too low, or uneven can significantly affect the quality of your smile and your confidence. A high gum line, or one that is uneven, is often caused by gum recession. While gum disease commonly leads to a receding gum line, you may also experience gum recession as a result of aggressive brushing or bruxism. With a low gum line, you are at greater risk for developing issues such as tooth decay and cavities.

A low gum line is the result of excess gum tissue, leaving you with a gummy smile. This issue is often caused by genetics, but can also be the result of certain types of medications. When you have excess gum tissue, you are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease.

What is Gum Re-Contouring?

Gum re-contouring is a procedure that is performed to restore a healthy, natural gum line, improving both the quality of your smile as well as your oral health. The procedure has traditionally been performed using a scalpel. While effective, the scalpel is invasive, causing tissue trauma, bleeding, pain, and swelling. Today, we perform gum re-contouring with a laser. The laser uses a concentrated beam of light set to a specific wavelength to achieve beautiful results. The laser cauterizes tissue as it cuts, which greatly reduces bleeding during treatment. It provides pinpoint accuracy, allowing us to target only the necessary tissue while also greatly reducing tissue trauma. This aids in reducing pain and swelling once the procedure is complete. The laser can also aid in stimulating the growth of new tissue.

The Benefits of Gum Re-Contouring

Gum re-contouring provides several significant benefits. These include
•  An improved smile. With gum re-contouring, we can restore a natural, healthy gum line, greatly improving the quality of your smile. This can also help to provide you with a boost of confidence.
•  Improved oral health. Restoring a healthy gum line helps to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.
•  Successful placement of dental restorations. In some situations, gum re-contouring can make certain dental restorations, such as veneers and crowns, possible.

With gum re-contouring, we can help to improve the appearance of your smile, giving you back your confidence and helping to improve the impressions that you leave on those around you. For more information, and to find out if gum re-contouring is right for you, call Spalding Dental today at (907) 276-7366.

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