Posted on 2/20/2020 by Dr. Dennison
|Do you hate how your gums look when you smile? If your gum line isn't perfect, you're likely somewhat self-conscious about it. You might have assumed that there's nothing to be done about it.
After all, an odd gum line isn't something that's really harmful or could cause any sort of oral health problem, so it's not necessarily a priority. However, if it makes you smile less, it's definitely something you need to change. You should be proud of your smile! That's where gum reshaping comes in.
What Is Gum Reshaping?
Gum reshaping is a simple procedure that evens out the gum line. This may involve lengthening the gums so that they come down over the teeth more, or it might involve shortening them if your gums are too long. This procedure isn't major dental surgery, but it does involve cutting and reshaping the gums, so there is a recovery time of a few weeks.
Do You Need It?
In most cases, your uneven gums won't be a cause of any concern. If your gums set too high on your teeth, it is possible that they have become recessed. This can lead to the roots of your teeth becoming exposed, which is an issue because they can more quickly become infected. Often, gum recession is caused by periodontal disease, a condition that does need treating.
Another time when gum reshaping may be needed is if the gum has actually grown down over the top of a tooth. In that case, it will need to be trimmed back so you can chew without damaging the tissue.
However, if your gums are simply too high, too low, or uneven due to genetics or other issues that don't actually affect your oral health, the procedure is purely cosmetic. That doesn't mean you shouldn't have it. If it's all that's keeping you from smiling, you should consider it! Call us today to learn more.