One of the more common complaints we hear from our patients is that their smile appears either too “toothy” or too “gummy.” It affects their self-esteem and make them hesitant to smile, or cause them to cover their smile with their hands when they laugh or speak. But that’s not a problem you have to live with anymore.
At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we offer cutting edge gum contouring surgery. We can even out the appearance, whether the problems have been caused by gum disease, medication you may be prescribed, your genetic background, or even poor brushing habits. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to tell you more about how this great procedure can help restore your confidence and your willingness to smile.
Reshaping Gummy Smiles
If your gums appear too high, you may have the appearance of a gummy smile. Thankfully, we can actually reduce the length of your gums. This helps make your teeth appear longer, and balance out your smile. This procedure to takes a couple of appointments to complete. First, we examine your gums and teeth. We also take digital x-rays to plan out your gum reshaping procedure. Then you will return to the office for your gum reshaping.
At the Antoine Dental Center, we make this procedure as comfortable and painless as possible. Instead of using a scalpel, we actually use a small laser. This allows to remove your excessive gum tissue without any pain or bleeding. Prior to the appointment, we numb your gums with a local anesthesia. This helps ensure that you don’t feel anything during the procedure. We also offer dental sedation options if you’re nervous or fearful about the appointment.
We have extensive training and experiencing in performing this cosmetic procedure. We can help you achieve the balanced smile you’ve always wanted by carefully trimming your gums with laser technology. The process is quick and painless. Best of all, it’s effective and can make your smile look amazing for much less cost than you may have expected.
Reshaping Toothy Smiles
We can also help improve the appearance of toothy smiles. We use the same soft-tissue laser we use for reshaping gummy smiles. The laser can often be used to even out the gum line of your smile. Often times this is all we need to do to improve your smile.
If your gums have extensive recession, we may recommend a bone graft to correct the problem. First we use artificial or natural bone to help build up the bone structure of your mouth. We can also graft tissue onto your gums. For this process, we just use tissue from your mouth and place it where tissue has receded in your gum line.
After-Care for Gums
Following a procedure to correct a toothy or gummy smile, you may experience some minor swelling and tenderness. This swelling is a normal result of the procedure. This feeling will fade away within a few days. You can use ice to help reduce the swelling. You’ll also need to eat soft foods and avoiding smoking for a few days.
Make An Appointment
Are you ready to alter the appearance of a toothy or gummy smile? Then contact the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, for a consultation today. Gum contouring surgery could be just what you need to have a dramatically better smile. We’ll answer and questions you may have and guide your through the process. If you ready for a smile that you love, call our office at 713-364-8990. We look forward to hearing from you.