Gum Contouring in State College, PA

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About Gum Contouring

At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County, we know how important your smile is to your health and appearance. Gum contouring and sculpting is a type of periodontal solution we offer to improve the smile by removing extra soft tissue and creating a more even, attractive gumline. A number of State College, PA patients have gum tissue that covers a greater portion of some teeth than the others within the smile zone (front of the mouth), creating an unproportionate look. Others may feel their teeth look too short in relation to the amount of gum tissue that shows when they smile (gummy smile appearance). If you are bothered by an overgrown or uneven gumline, make an appointment with our talented dentists to see if you are a candidate for gum contouring and sculpting.

Best Candidates for Gum Reshaping

Sculpting and reshaping the gums can create a more proportionate smile while also helping your general oral health. You may be a candidate for gum contouring if you would like to enhance your smile by eliminating an uneven gumline, creating a balanced ratio of gum-to-tooth structures, and treating a "gummy" appearance. When your gums appear too low, gum sculpting can help create an even, higher gumline and reveal more enamel for a wider smile. There may also be an added benefit of improving gum health by reducing areas in the gums where harmful bacteria may hide.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Gum sculpting and contouring is generally completed within one convenient office visit. A local anesthetic will be administered to keep you comfortable, but sedation may also be an option if you have fears or anxiety about visiting the dentist. To prepare you for the procedure, your gums and teeth will be cleared of any plaque or debris and dried. We will then use refined techniques and precision skills to gently remove uneven or excess areas of gum tissue to sculpt a balanced gumline. Once your gumline is contoured, our team will provide you with post-treatment instructions on caring for your oral health while your gum tissues heal.

After Your Gum Contouring Visit

When your treatment is complete, you will be free to go about your day unless you received a deeper level of sedation. You may notice slight swelling and tenderness in your gums over the next several days, which can be relieved with over-the-counter pain analgesics. Once your gums have fully healed, it is important to keep up with a good oral health routine of daily flossing and brushing. This can also help you to maintain your cosmetic results following your gum contouring procedure. Our team will monitor the health and appearance of your gums during each of your future dental check-up visits. When your gums fully recover from your gum reshaping procedure, you can look forward to enjoying an even, balanced, and attractive smile.

Insurance Coverage for Gum Reshaping

As a cosmetic periodontal procedure, gum contouring and reshaping may not be covered by dental insurance. However, Advanced Dentistry accepts a number of convenient payment methods, including flexible financing solutions. Our friendly financial coordinator can help you select an affordable option to help you enhance the aesthetics of your smile.

Reveal a Balanced, Confident Grin

Cosmetic gum sculpting at Advanced Dentistry of Centre County may be just what you need to bring balance and beauty to an uneven gumline or gummy smile. Using expert skill and precision, our dentists routinely perform this periodontal service to help State College, PA increase their confidence in the quality of their grin. If you would like to learn more about gum contouring and reshaping, speak with our friendly team and reserve your visit today!

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