Gum Contouring and You

By now, you have probably heard of face contouring: a way to can use makeup to highlight your favorite facial features. Unlike a simple contour with bronzer and highlighter, gum contouring requires a surgical procedure and it will improve the look and the health of your gums.

Who Needs Gum Contouring?

Someone can receive gum contouring if they are unhappy with the size of their gums or if their gums have receded, such as in periodontal disease. Through genes, some people have naturally higher gums hiding their teeth and causing their smile and teeth to appear small. A symptom of periodontal disease is receding gums, which is when the gums move away from the tooth causing a pocket to form between the gums and the tooth. Here, bacteria can build up which may lead to infection or tooth loss. If you feel that your gums are too high or too low and you would like to change them through gum contouring, call Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates in Little River, South Carolina.

What Happens During A Gum Contouring Procedure?

Many patients wonder if they will be put to sleep during a gum contouring surgery. There are many different levels of sedation that Dr. Hortman and her team uses at Palmetto Dental Associates. Most patients use conscious sedation with a local anesthetic. This means that you will be relaxed during the procedure and your gums will numb, but you will be able to follow instructions like, “open your mouth wider”.

There are a number of reasons that you may choose to undergo a gum contouring surgery. Perhaps you want to improve the esthetics of your smile by trimming away a high gumline. Or maybe, you have periodontal disease that needs to be treated surgically with gum contouring. Whatever the case may be, Dr. Hortman and her team at Palmetto Dental Associates can help you. To learn more about improving your confidence through cosmetic dentistry or to plan your next appointment, call us today!