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Gum Contouring for Small Teeth

By Dr. Dan Whiting on March 25, 2019

Teeth before and after gum contouringWhen patients have small teeth or an excessive amount of gum tissue, the teeth may not appear as prominent or attractive as they would like. Gum contouring treatment can make small teeth look significantly larger.

Gum contouring eliminates excess tissue from the gum line. By trimming the gum line, gum contouring reveals more tooth structure, which creates the appearance of larger teeth. At Smiles for Life, gum contouring for small teeth allows our Harrisonburg, VA patients to feel more confident about their smile.

Gum Contouring Candidates

Gum contouring has the potential to benefit anyone who has small teeth or a low-hanging gum line. However, prior to treatment, it is important to determine if someone is an ideal candidate for this procedure.

Patients whose teeth look small, worn down, or underdeveloped may be good candidates for gum contouring as long as the teeth are in good health. If the teeth are smaller as the result of structural damage, restorative dentistry treatment will be more appropriate than gum contouring.

The Procedure

During gum contouring treatment, excess gum tissue is removed from the gum line near the base of the teeth. We will remove just enough gum tissue to enhance the size of the teeth while still maintaining a substantial gum line.

The goal of treatment is to reveal hidden tooth structure so that the teeth look larger and more prominent. This also creates a more proportionate balance between the teeth and gum tissues.

At Smiles for Life, gum contouring is a laser dentistry treatment, which makes it a safe option for nearly all patients. Dental lasers offer more precision than traditional dental scalpels. They also cauterize blood vessels as they remove gum tissue, so they cause less bleeding and require a shorter recovery period.

Although laser gum contouring is far more comfortable for the patient than traditional gum contouring, the procedure is performed using local anesthetic, so that no pain should be felt during treatment.

Enhancing Gum Contouring Results

Gum contouring alone can enhance the appearance of small teeth. When the teeth look larger, the smile tends to look healthier and more attractive.

However, when underlying tooth structure is revealed, the teeth may not look completely uniform. For instance, it is common for newly revealed tooth structure to be a slightly different color than the rest of the teeth.

Porcelain veneers enhance the results of gum contouring treatment by improving the shape and color of the teeth. Porcelain veneers can also conceal any other imperfections that may be present. While porcelain veneers are not always necessary, they are a great way to improve the appearance of the smile after gum contouring.

Contact Us

If small teeth are preventing you from truly enjoying your smile, you may be an ideal candidate for gum contouring. To find out if this cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you, contact us online at your earliest convenience or call (540) 828-2312 to schedule an appointment with one of the experienced dentists at Smiles for Life.

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