Gum ContouringAn Overview
The shape of your gums can impact the appearance and health of your smile. Gums that are receding due to disease can expose sensitive tooth roots over time, increasing your risk of decay. A “gummy smile”, often the result of genetics, can make the teeth appear short and lower your smile confidence.
Dr. Sousa performs gum contouring or gum reshaping in our Roslyn Heights dental office to improve both aesthetics and oral health. Gum contouring is a cosmetic dentistry service that Dr. Sousa provides to patients who may be dealing with gum recession due to disease. A highly trained dentist with years of experience, Dr. Sousa works with patients on an individual basis to create a natural-looking gumline that will complement your appearance and support healthy teeth.
Gum reshaping can also be part of periodontal therapy if gum disease is present, removing damaged tissue and stimulating the healing process to restore health.
Reshaping a gummy smile is known as a “gum lift”, effectively lifting the gum line to reveal more of the tooth surface. Also called crown lengthening, Dr. Sousa offers gum lifts, which can often be completed during a single visit.