Virginia Dental Care

703-276-1010 Located 2 blocks from Ballston METRO STATION

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Gum Contouring

What is gum contouring?

Sometimes someone shows many gums when smiling, or the shape could be nicer or thicker. Correction of the shape of the gums, with or without simultaneous correction of the bone, can then offer a solution and lead to a more beautiful smile. 

Gum contouring aligns gum margins with teeth. Gum margins can cause restorative or aesthetic concerns. At Virginia Dental Care, our dentist can install a new margin on the tooth without harming your smile.

Gum contouring: How much does it cost?

How much gum contouring costs depends on each person and how hard the surgery is. You can visit our clinic to request a quote and a customized diagnosis.

Gum contouring

A local anesthetic is usually applied to numb the area. During gum contouring, the bone in front of the tooth root might need to be removed for the best long-term benefits. On the day of the procedure, you should rest. It could take a few days or weeks for the gums to recover fully. We will provide you with detailed instructions and suggestions to hasten your healing. In addition, your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to help the recovery process. General tips for recovering from gum surgery:

  • Take painkillers you can buy over the counter (Do not take aspirin, which can cause bleeding).
  • After surgery, consume soft, cold meals such as eggs, spaghetti, yoghurt, cottage cheese, soft fruits, and vegetables, as well as ice cream.
  • As you heal, brush your teeth according to the dentist’s recommendations for when and how to do so.
  • Please contact us if you observe excessive swelling or bleeding or have any other concerns following the procedure.

Make your Smile Correct with our Gum Contouring process

Are your teeth too high or too low? Your teeth may need shaping to improve your smile or address serious dental problems. We at Virginia Dental Care go the full nine yards to give your smile a fresh look.

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1. Consultation

Consult with our expert and qualified doctors to enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile.

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2. Check Up

At Virginia Dental Care, we see patients who are unhappy with their gums. We'll examine you, and give recommendations.

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3. Treatment

We'll evaluate you to identify if you have the illness, review your treatment choices, and eliminate the disease.

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4. Recovery

Our gingival contouring procedure can help protect your gum health, correct gum disease, and save your teeth.

Why is Gum Contouring Needed?

Gum contouring is needed for uneven, lumpy, swollen, overgrown, or gummy gums. A cosmetic dental surgery called “gum contouring” is a way to improve the gums and smile.

Sometimes health factors trigger a gingival reshaping treatment. Certain drugs might cause gum overgrowth. This overgrowth generated by the medicine creates hard-to-clean regions under the gums. A quick and painless process keeps the tissue at normal levels and makes the smile look more appealing.

What causes unevenness in the gums?

Many things can cause gums to be too low or too high. Most of the teeth are covered by the
gums. This can cause the teeth to look large or small, depending on the level of gum height. This
is usually genetic.
Gum recession can make your teeth look longer and lead to serious dental problems like cavities and
tooth loss.

Is surgery necessary for the contour of the gums?

This operation is commonly regarded as a cosmetic procedure. Usually, there is no medical necessity for it. However, most people have gum recontouring done to improve the appearance of their smile.
On the other hand, require periodontal procedures such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction, regenerative therapies, and gum contouring surgery.
Adding gum tissue where the gums have receded or removing too much gum tissue that has partially covered the tooth’s crown are two non-cosmetic gum recontouring procedures.

Are there any risks?

No surgery is risk-free. Risks associated with gum contouring include:

Let’s say you don’t like how your teeth and gums look. Consult with our experienced dentist about gum
contouring surgery to find out if it’s right for you. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, the
outcome depends on the doctor’s skill. Therefore, avoid going with just anyone.