Did you know that gum reshaping can give you a healthier mouth? If not, the following information will fill you in on why it is good for you periodontally.
What Is Gum Reshaping?
Gum reshaping or contouring is a periodontal procedure that, as the name suggests, changes the shape of the gums. This procedure may be recommended to remove excess gingival tissue that results from a gummy smile or to restore gum tissues that has receded and is exposing too much of the teeth. While the procedure is often thought as being cosmetic, it can also be used to improve the health of your gums and teeth.
When Is it Recommended to Improve Gum Health?
If you believe this procedure can help your gums because you have gum disease, we will treat the gum disease first before reshaping the gums. In turn, we will proceed the procedure to restore your gums, damaged as the result of the infection and disease. If the gums have receded and are exposing more of the teeth or the roots, a gum reshaping, usually done with a laser, will prevent problems with further infections and reduce bacterial build-up. We typically will prescribe gum grafting to restore the gum as well. While recession usually results from gum disease, it may happen, as well, from brushing too hard, genetics, or taking a certain medicine. Therefore, gum reshaping may be required to preserve your oral health. Any exposure of the roots can lead to more difficulties with bleeding or infection, as bacteria can easily settle in places that lack gingival protection.
Would you like to know more about gum grafting or gum contouring? If so, we can help you realize better periodontal health. Call us today to schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation. If we determine that you have gum disease and could benefit from gum reshaping or grafting, we will follow a course of treatment to resolve the disease and restore your gums where they have receded.