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. 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.
Gum Contouring What to Expect
Dr. Sousa will meet with you to evaluate the health and condition of the gums. Digital photography is often used as part of treatment planning to address cosmetic concerns. He will perform a computerized smile analysis using the images of your smile, making corrections on the computer in order to preview what the results could be.
Then the procedure is done on a model of the teeth just to be sure that what was created in the computer can actually be done. A treatment plan is then created and measurements are taken to ensure accuracy and a predictable result.
Dr. Sousa uses advanced techniques for reshaping the gum tissue, including the pinhole gum lift procedure for treating gum recession. All aspects of your treatment will be discussed during a consultation, including dental sedation options for your comfort.
In many cases, your procedure can be completed in one visit with a two-week follow-up to monitor results. If sutures were placed, we will remove them at the appropriate time. Post-treatment instructions often include a soft diet for several days, over-the-counter NSAID pain medication as needed, and antibacterial rinses.
Yes, gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure with permanent results. The results are long-term and the gums will not grow back. This means you will not have to have it redone or have touch-ups every so often.
Gum contouring is generally considered an elective, cosmetic procedure. This means a majority of the time it is not medically necessary. However, if you suffer from gum disease and all other treatments are unsuccessful, then Dr. Sousa may recommend this treatment. In these cases, your dental insurance may cover a portion of it since it is medically necessary.
This procedure is a surgical technique used to treat gum recession. Instead of grafting using skin from other areas of the mouth to correct recessed gums, Dr. Sousa will use this technique. It involves creating tiny holes in the gum tissues essentially letting him stretch it out to recover the tooth roots. Once the gums are placed in their desired position, a collagen membrane is placed over the small holes to induce healing.