Few things can lift your spirits quite like seeing a friend or loved one smile your way. But if you’re feeling insecure about your smile, it can be hard to return the favor. Many people suffer in silence, while feeling self-consciousness because of imperfections in their smiles. But cosmetic dentistry offers solutions. One treatment option many people don’t even realize exists, is gum contouring, which can drastically enhance your smile.
How Can a Gum Lift Help Improve My Smile?
When your gums appear disproportionally large, it can make your teeth seem small. Asymmetrical gum growth can also cause your otherwise uniform teeth to look misshapen. Through a relatively simple procedure, called a gum lift, your cosmetic dentist can gently reshape your gums. This process can then improve the overall appearance of your smile, which can greatly increase your confidence.
Most gum contouring can be completed in a single office visit, during which the dentist will numb your gums and then gently re-sculpt your gum line based on how you desire your smile to look.
Am I a Candidate for This Treatment?
In order to be a good candidate for a gum lift, your mouth needs to be in good health. This means that if your gums are inflamed or irritated due to periodontal disease, the first stage of which is called gingivitis, you will likely need periodontal treatment before a cosmetic gum lift can be performed.
You should keep in mind that your gums affect much more than just your smile. Gum disease has been linked to a number of other medical conditions, including heart disease and stroke, which indicates just how important it is to properly care for your gums.
During a regular checkup or cleaning your dentist can remove plaque buildup, which is the leading cause of gingivitis, as well as help determine if you are a good candidate for gum contouring.
ABOUT YOUR TUCSON, AZ, GENERAL DENTIST
Dirk A. Newman, DDS, offers a full range of modern dental care services, including general dentistry, smile enhancement, smile restoration, and implant dentistry. To learn more, contact us today to schedule a visit by calling our office at 520-296-5439. Located in Tucson, AZ, we proudly serve patients from Tucson and all surrounding communities.