Enhance Your Smile With Cosmetic Gum Treatment
Unsightly or damaged gums can affect the appearance of your smile as well as your self-confidence. An uneven gum line, excess gum tissue, or receding gums can make your teeth look too small or too big. If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your gums, our team at Bethesda Dental Implant Center can work with you to create a more beautiful, natural-looking gum line.
We utilize the latest dental technology and methods to perform a full range of cosmetic gum treatment, including gum contouring and gum grafts. Our goal is to help each of our patients achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile. To explore your cosmetic gum treatment options, visit our Bethesda, MD office.
Is Cosmetic Gum Treatment Right For Me?
To determine if cosmetic gum treatment is right for you, visit our office for a consultation with our team. In many cases, candidates for cosmetic gum treatment should possess these key qualities:
- An uneven gum line
- A gummy smile
- The teeth appear shorter than they actually are
- Have an eroded gum line due to periodontal disease or trauma
If you have an unsightly gum line due to periodontal disease, you will need to treat it before undergoing any cosmetic gum treatment. We offer a full range of periodontal therapy services to address the various stages of gum disease. Our team can develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address all of your oral health and cosmetic needs.
Common Cosmetic Gum Treatments
- Gum Recontouring: Excess gum tissue is removed, and the bone structure is reshaped to realign the existing gum line.
- Crown Lengthening: For a gummy smile or short teeth, we may recommend crown lengthening. During this procedure, the excess gum tissue is removed in order to expose more of the natural tooth.
- Gum Graft: For patients with receding gums, or gingival recession, we may recommend gum grafting to restore balance and symmetry to your gum line.
- Frenectomy: When the frenum sits lower than the gum line, it can push the front teeth apart. We may recommend a frenectomy remove the tissue and help close the gap.
Cosmetic Gum Treatment FAQs
What does a gum graft procedure involve?
When your gums recede, your tooth roots can become exposed. A gum graft procedure seeks to cover them with gum tissue that is donated from another part of your body. This should help minimize sensitivity while protecting your tooth roots from decay, as well as preventing your gums from receding further and experiencing bone loss.
What should I expect from a bone graft procedure?
Bone grafting is a regenerative procedure that helps foster the development and growth of bone in areas where it has been damaged by periodontal disease. Your dentist or periodontist will disinfect bacteria and place bone matter where bone has been lost. The addition of tissue-stimulating proteins should assist your body in regrowing bone and tissue.
Are gum treatments permanent?
Yes. Your gums do not grow back into their original shape and size after gum tissue is removed. However, the soft tissue does heal and become healthy tissue. You will not need to worry about your gummy smile coming back for example.
Schedule A Cosmetic Consultation
At Bethesda Dental Implant Center, our experienced team is committed to helping you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile. We understand that many patients seek cosmetic gum treatment to enhance the appearance of their smile. For that reason, we strive to work with patients on an individual basis to understand their needs and deliver comprehensive treatment plans to help them reach their ideal smile.
If you would like to explore your cosmetic gum treatment options, visit our Bethesda, MD office. To schedule your consultation, contact us, or schedule an appointment using our convenient online form.