What is Gum Contouring?
To fix a gummy smile, you can count on Made Ya Smile Dental to perform gum contouring or crown lengthening to reduce the amount of gum tissue hovering over your teeth that are normal in size. The extra gum tissue can make your teeth look irregular and undersized. Our experienced practitioners can sculpt gum tissue to frame your teeth in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and healthier for you. If you need to have a restoration placed for a tooth under a bulky gumline, you may also need gum contouring so that the crown can be exposed for better adherence for a restoration placement. Find out more in a consultation with one of our seasoned dental practitioners at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX.
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Who Might be a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
You may need to have gum contouring to reduce the amount of gum tissue you have to see more of your natural teeth or for the best placement of a crown or bridge. Hyperplastic gums (or overgrown gum tissue) can be caused by a change in medication, a genetic predisposition, a naturally uneven gumline, an infection or inflammation in the gums, or a tooth that has enough damage for a root canal. Candidates will have a consultation with our dentist to see if gum contouring is the right course of action. We also accept referral patients who have been told that gum contouring is necessary for better oral health.
What Should I Know about Gum Contouring?
In our office, we will take you to a treatment room where you will be prepared for your gum contouring. Your dentist will numb the area. If sedation dentistry, like nitrous oxide (or laughing gas), was agreed upon, then it will be administered as well before the contouring begins. With a select dental instrument, your dentist will gently excise a layer of your gum tissue at a time until the appropriate amount of tissue is removed. If the treatment plan also includes the placement of a restoration, then your dentist will complete the needed steps for that as well.
How Long is the Recovery After Gum Contouring?
During your healing process, you will feel some discomfort and swelling in your gums. Our dental team will make sure to explain how to care for your gums once you are home for recovery. Many of our gum contouring patients take over-the-counter pain relievers to soothe the pain you may feel in the treatment area. If you have questions or concerns regarding your newly shaped gums, please call our office for guidance.
Will Insurance Pay For Gum Contouring?
As all dental insurance plans have their own set of standards as to what is covered for services, like gum contouring, we will have to reach out to your provider for the amount you are responsible for out-of-pocket. In the event that your insurance does not cover it, or only a portion was covered, we can provide you with an application for CareCredit® to see if you qualify for low-interest financing. You can also pay with a credit card or ask about a payment plan.
Regardless of why you need to have gum contouring, we want you to have a smile you love. No more hiding a big cheesy grin because of the embarrassment of excess gum tissue. We have state-of-the-art tools right here in our Made Ya Smile Dental Kingwood, TX office that allows us to provide this service to our patients on-site. If you would like to start a conversation about your gummy smile, please stop by or call to set up an appointment.