Gum Contouring in Phoenix, AZ

Gum contouring is both a cosmetic and medical treatment, and it comes with a host of benefits. Here are just some of the reasons why our patients love our gum contouring services here at Arizona Periodontal Group.

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Even Up Gum Lining

If you notice that your gums are uneven when you smile, you could be a prime candidate for gum contouring in Phoenix. Gums can be uneven for all kinds of reasons. Common causes include damage gums, aggressive brushing, and family genetics.

Our gum contouring treatment reshapes the gum around your teeth, helping them to look even and symmetrical. Gum contouring is the perfect complement to your natural, beautiful smile.

Fight Tooth Decay

Even if you clean your teeth correctly every day, excessive gums can harbor bacteria, increasing the likelihood of tooth decay in the future. Our gum contouring services removes excessive gum, denying bacteria the opportunity to find a home in which they can thrive.

Rapid Treatment

Gum contouring isn’t a slow and laborious process: you can have all the work you need doing in a single visit to the dentist. Gum contouring, therefore, is convenient for patients who lead busy lives. You can arrive at our clinic, receive treatment, and then leave soon afterward, knowing that your gums are in a much better condition than before.

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Long-Lasting Effects

Unlike many procedures, gum contouring is permanent. It lasts for a lifetime and doesn’t require more visits to the dentist in the future. Gum tissue does not usually regrow once removed.

Get Rid of Extra Tissue

Having extra gum tissue not only harms your confidence when you smile, but it can also get in the way. Too much gum can make it more likely that food will get stuck, leading to issues like tooth decay and bad breath.

With our gum ablation technology, we remove the excessive gum tissue in your mouth, helping to provide you with the ideal ratio of gum to teeth. It’s a great way to boost your smile!

Are You A Candidate For Gum Contouring?

If you’re considering gum contouring, how do you know whether you’re a candidate for treatment or not?

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If You’re Worried About Showing Your Smile

People receive gum contouring and ablation for two reasons: either medical or cosmetic. Both are equally valid.

You want to be able to smile with confidence. Having a gummy smile, however, can make smiling feel awkward or induce self-consciousness. You may deliberately try to laugh less because you’re worried about what other people will think if you show your gums.

The problem with this is that it can lead to issues such as depression. Science is increasingly coming to the view that we’re happy because we smile and not the other way around. If you feel unable to laugh and smile in the company of others, it can have a profound effect on your mental health.

If You’ve Been On Certain Medications

Some drugs used to treat conditions like high blood pressure and epilepsy can lead to a gummy smile. These drugs cause the tissue in the gums to advance and cover more of the teeth, leading to the onset of gummy smiles. As discussed, gummy smiles can hamper your confidence and make it more challenging to maintain proper oral hygiene.

If You Have Protruding Gums

A protruding gum is one that appears to stick out excessively compared to those of other people. Again, it can make you feel self-conscious. Moreover, protruding gums can often make it more challenging to maintain good oral hygiene and make it difficult or chew properly. Our gum contouring removes excess gum permanently.

If Your Gums Are Discolored

Your gums can become discolored for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is smoking, called smoker’s melanosis. Particles in smoke induce cells in the gums to produce higher quantities of the pigment chemical, melanin. Over time, chronic exposure to cigarette smoke darkens the gums, causing them to lose their natural pinkness.

Certain medications can be problematic too. Treatments designed to fight acne and chlamydia, for example, can induce pigmentation and cause issues. Finally, both acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis and Addison’s disease can both also lead to severe discoloration of the gums.

If you have discolored gums that make you feel uncomfortable, speak with us today about your gum contouring options.

If You Have An Uneven Gum Line

An uneven gum line can be caused by all kinds of things, including genetics or medication and lifestyle-induced changes in gum biology. The good news is that you don’t have to live with an uneven gum line if you don’t want to. With gum contouring, you can restore symmetry to your smile and eliminate any excess gumminess.

If Your Teeth Appear Too Short

We all know what a perfect smile looks like when we see it. While it’s not everything, the ratio of teeth to gum is an essential element in the look. If your gums cover too much of your teeth, your teeth could look relatively short.

If you’re not comfortable with the appearance of your teeth, then our gum contouring services can help. We remove excess gum covering your teeth, helping to elongate them and show more of the enamel below the gum line.

What Is The Aftercare For Gum Contouring?

At our clinic, we perform gum contouring under local anesthetic. The great thing about the procedure is that there’s no need for an extended stay. You can drive yourself home immediately after treatment. What’s more, there’s no downtime, meaning that you’re able to return to work or your regular activities immediately.

We recommend that you limit intense activity for a few hours following treatment. The reason for this is to minimize the risk of secondary bleeding. We suggest that you avoid playing sports until the gum has had a chance to heal. We also suggest that you avoid flossing around the treated areas for the first day or two so that you don’t disturb the gum as it heals.

Schedule An Appointment With Arizona Periodontal Group Today!

If you would like to know more about gum contouring Dr. Trujillo can help answer any questions that you might have. If you are ready to have a new smile to improve your confidence and health then schedule an appointment with Arizona Periodontal Group today!