Gums (also known as gingival tissue) frame your smile and protect the roots of your teeth. You might not realize how important gums are to the look of your smile. People born with uneven gums, or too much gum tissue, however, are ever-aware of how their gums affect the attractiveness of the way their grin looks. Your Dallas dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, explains why many patients opt for a procedure called gum contouring when they feel their gums don’t look quite right.

Too Much Gum Tissue

When people are born with an overabundance of gingival tissue, it can make their teeth look unusually small. You may have witnessed a person cover their mouth when they smile, or try to open their mouth at the bare minimum when they return your grin. Smiles are important in making social impressions and making us feel good. Statistics prove that people with confident smiles make more money in the work place, and have more success with relationships. Everyone deserves a high quality of life, and confidence in your smile is a big part of that. Gum contouring procedures utilize lasers to precisely remove excess gum tissue, and unveil a well-proportioned smile.

Gum Contouring for Gum Recession

Gums that are set too high or have shrunk away can make your teeth appear bigger. This usually occurs as a result of gum disease, but can also be a side effect of menopause. The concerns with gum recession are not purely aesthetic. When infected gum tissue pulls away from teeth, roots are exposed. If roots are directly exposed to bacteria, root canal procedures, abscesses, and potential tooth loss are all possible. When too little gingival tissue is the problem, a gum contouring procedure might be recommended in conjunction with other periodontal therapies, regenerative procedures, and crown lengthening.

Dallas Dentist Office Offers Gum Contouring

If you are interested in a gum contouring consultation, or any of our comprehensive dentistry services for families, you can contact our Dallas dentist office at (214) 337-7800, or our Richardson dentist office at (972)437-6000. We are proud to serve patients in the 75211 and 75080 zip codes, and surrounding neighborhoods.