Gum Contouring

Have you ever heard of a “gummy smile”? That is the term used to describe people who have gums that rest too low on the front teeth. For these circumstances, as well as several other gum-related issues, Dr. Vo is pleased to provide her Boerne, TX, area patients with gum contouring treatments.

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The Most Common Reason for Gum Contouring: Uneven Gums

Uneven gums can result in a gummy smile. But uneven gums may also mean that the gum line rests too high on the tooth surface, which makes teeth appear too long. There are a variety of reasons why people might experience uneven gums, including genetics, other health issues, certain medications, or – in the case of gums that are too high – receding gums. If you’re gums are too high, it can increase your risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, whether you have gums that are too low or too high, gum contouring can resolve the problem.

What Is Involved in Gum Contouring

The procedure is performed by Dr. Vo here in our Boerne, TX, office. Typically, a laser is used to re-contour the shape of the gum tissue, then seal the tissue to prevent bleeding and to encourage faster healing. The end result of any gum contouring procedure is not only a more beautiful smile, but also a reduced risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. And that adds up to better overall oral health!

Recovering from Gum Contouring Surgery

After undergoing the gum contouring process, Dr. Vo will recommend that you practice a very gentle oral hygiene routine at home until your gums have completely healed. This means that you should brush and floss much less vigorously than normal to avoid irritating the healing gum tissue. You should also avoid use of mouth rinse that contains alcohol since that can be painful for gums that are in the process of healing.

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