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Gum Contouring for Independence, Blue Springs and Lee's Summit

At Dental Excellence, we provide gum contouring in Independence, MO. We offer cosmetic dentistry procedures, and gum contouring is just one of the many services we provide. Our expert staff are well-trained and professional.

What is gum contouring?

Gum contouring is a procedure that can be done to shape your gums if you are unhappy with your smile. If you feel like your gums are too high or too low, gum contouring is a way to fix this problem. The procedure is also referred to as gum reshaping or tissue sculpting. It is a cosmetic dentistry procedure and one that we can perform right here at Dental Excellence.

If you live in Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, or Independence, we can provide gum contouring services for you. Our office is conveniently located in Independence, and we have years of experience performing these procedures. Our dentists and all of our staff are friendly and will listen to your concerns. We want to give you the best experience possible. We will explain the procedures before hand and individualize care as much as possible to give you the results you are looking for. This can improve your smile and help you feel more self-confident about it.

What is the cause of uneven gums?

Gums resting too high or too low on your teeth is often due to genetics, but it can also happen due to health problems or from certain medications. Gums resting too high on teeth is often caused by gums receding, which is a condition where the gum pulls back and begins to expose the tooth root. This is more than just a cosmetic issue as it can increase chance of decay and even tooth loss. Receding gums can also be an indicator of periodontal disease.

When do you need gum contouring services?

Gum contouring is usually performed for cosmetic reasons. There are some cases, however, where gum contouring is necessary as a periodontal procedure as part of the process of crown lengthening, pocket reduction, etc. There are also gum contouring procedures to trim excess tissue that is covering a crown. Ask us for more information about your specific case. We will work with you to figure out if a gum contouring procedure is right for you.

Cosmetic Dentistry and Gum Contouring

Some patients do not like the appearance of their mouth when they have what they perceive as a gummy smile. This is usually when gums are too low on the teeth creating the appearance of large gums that are most noticeable when smiling. We can do esthetic crown lengthening procedures, a specific type of gum contouring, to address this issue. If you want this procedure done for cosmetic reasons, we are happy to provide a consultation.

During this procedure, some of the gum tissue is removed and the gum is then shaped for desired appearance. This can be done for just one tooth or across multiple teeth.

The process is something referred to as a gum lift as it “lifts” the appearance of the gums up. The gum tissue is removed carefully and precisely so that more of the tooth is showing. In certain instances, some of the bone might be removed in order to reshape the area for better cosmetic results.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening Procedure

It usually take about an hour to perform. The procedure will be done under local anesthetic in most cases and the doctor will remove the gums, and sometimes small amounts of bone tissue, carefully for the desired results. Of course, every specific procedure and every patient is different. We will listen to each patient and do our best to provide individualized care that meets your needs and desired results.

Contact Us

Give our office a call to schedule an appointment or to learn more about gum contouring. We are here to help! We provide a convenient location in Independence, MO. Our staff are all friendly and professional and happy to answer any questions you might have about the services we offer.