As you age, a lot can change. From your hair color to your hearing, big and little changes can begin to impact your life. Sadly, your smile is not immune to the effects of aging. In fact, excessive gum tissue is a common complaint of senior dental patients. Fortunately, much like other cosmetic concerns, it is possible to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile. Gum contouring makes it possible to improve the esthetics of your gum line, so you can enjoy a younger-looking and more beautiful smile!
What Is Involved in Gum Contouring?
In some cases, gum contouring may be completed by a skilled cosmetic dentist. However in many cases, your cosmetic dentist will actually work closely with a periodontal specialist or an oral surgeon, who will complete the actual contouring procedure. By working with a cosmetic dentistry specialist, first, you are able to discuss your overall goal for your smile, and to devise a customized makeover accordingly. In many cases, gum contouring may be only one part of a total enhancement. Veneers or whitening might also be needed to completely rejuvenate the smile.
How Do You Know If Gum Contouring Is What Your Smile Needs?
When the gums are the biggest issue with the smile, gum contouring is likely necessary to improve its appearance. Fortunately, modern advancements in dentistry make this procedure less invasive than in the past, and recovery time much quicker.
That is because lasers are now used to complete most gum contouring. These lasers allow the surgeon or dentist to sculpt the tissue and seal it at the same time, which prevents the need for stitches. This subsequently helps to reduce bleeding and swelling, which greatly minimizes the time required for a full recovery, and the discomfort.