Most dental patients know that general and cosmetic dentistry procedures improve your teeth. There are treatments to reshape teeth, straighten teeth, repair damaged teeth, whiten teeth, and replace missing teeth. But what about your gums? Did you know that the shape of your gums in Missoula can add or detract from the appearance of your smile?
Taking a Hard Look at Gums
The shape and size of your gum line can make your teeth appear too large or too small or otherwise out of proportion. Gum contouring can correct gums in Missoula that appear too low or too high in relation to the teeth and customize them for the perfect smile. People who are unhappy with their gums might want to think about gum contouring. Many dentists and periodontists offer gum contouring surgery.
This procedure is also called gingival sculpting, gingival contouring, or gum graft surgery, but don’t let the term surgery frighten you. Gingival sculpting is done with a laser and it is minimally invasive. The procedure usually involves little pain and requires almost no recovery time.
Gum reshaping is not always done for purely cosmetic reasons, it is also used to treat gum recession, a common condition that can lead to decay and tooth loss. In gum graft surgery, soft tissue is typically taken either from the roof of the mouth, the area surrounding the site of the grafting, or a tissue bank. Gum grafts applied to exposed tooth roots protect teeth from continuing gum recession and decay and reduce tooth sensitivity. Of course, gum grafts often increase the attractiveness of the smile in the process. If you are seeking more specifics about treating your gums in Missoula, call Felton Dental Care – Dr. Brett R. Felton, DMD today at 406-728-0896 to schedule a consultation. We also offer sedation dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening.