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 gum-line 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.