Your gums are not only the foundation for your teeth, but they are also an important part of your smile. If your gums cover a lot of your teeth, your smile may look 'gummy', or your teeth may appear small. If your gums are receding, it may expose more of your tooth and root and lead to sensitivity or discomfort.
Luckily, there are solutions to each problem. Let's look at your options.
What Is Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring is a simple procedure that your West Perth dentist may recommend for eliminating a gummy smile. Your dentist removes excess gum tissue during this procedure and sculpts the smile you never knew you had!
Gum contouring is typically done with scalpels or lasers, and for most patients, the healing process takes a few days for the gums to heal completely.
What Is Gum Grafting?
If you've lost gum tissue, your dentist may recommend gum grafting surgery. This procedure removes tissue from another place in your mouth and adds it to your gums to reduce the recession and eliminate tooth sensitivity or discomfort.
A periodontist or gum specialist typically performs this type of surgery, and the healing process can take a few weeks.
Understanding Gum Recession
Unfortunately, when one loses gum tissue, the only option to replace it is through gum surgery. Gum recession can result from vigorous brushing and flossing, or it can also occur if you have gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection that impacts both your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. If you are suffering from gum disease, it's important to get this condition under control before undergoing any type of gum surgery. A deep cleaning technique called 'scaling and root planing' can reach below the gumline and remove the plaque and bacteria causing your gum disease.
Once your infection is under control, you can move forward with the procedure to restore the appearance of your smile.
We invite you to contact our West Perth dental office and talk with Dr Kinsella about the options you have for improving your smile and protecting your dental health.