November 27, 2020
Have you noticed that some of your teeth look a little longer than they used to? That may be due to gum recession, which can be a result of genetics, gum disease, teeth grinding, or other factors. Not only does recession affect your smile’s aesthetics, but it can also cause increased dental sensitivity. What can you do to address this issue? Gum recontouring in Chesapeake may be able to help.
What Is Gum Recontouring?
Gum recontouring is a minimally invasive procedure that involves reshaping the gum tissue. In many cases, it is regarded as a purely cosmetic procedure. By strategically trimming the gum tissue with a special laser, a dentist can create a more even gumline and reduce the illusion that a patient’s teeth are crooked or undersized.
The procedure may also have restorative applications. Removing extra gum tissue can make room on the teeth for a dental crown.
Gum Procedures and Gum Recession
At this point, you may be wondering, “If gum recontouring is all about removing gum tissue, how could that possibly address recession?” The procedure may be just one part of a dentist’s overall plan to restore the aesthetics and health of your smile, particularly if you suffer from gum disease. The soft tissue laser that is used in gum recontouring can also be used to kill harmful oral bacteria and trim away diseased gum tissue. Once the damaged tissue is gone, the gums will be able to firmly reattach to the teeth and stop receding.
A gum graft may also be part of your treatment plan for restoring your smile. A gum graft involves placing additional tissue (usually from the roof of a patient’s mouth) on the roots of exposed teeth. Along with gum recontouring, a graft can help to give you gums that are both beautiful and a healthy, functional part of your mouth. It is worth noting that some people refer to a gum graft as gum recontouring because a graft does, indeed, help to recontour the gums in the sense that it changes their shape.
Getting Started with Your Treatment
If have receding gums in Chesapeake, restoring them begins with a visit to a qualified dentist. They’ll determine whether the recession is due to gum disease or other factors, and they will design a customized treatment plan to get your gums into the best shape possible. Depending on your unique situation, you might need to undergo a deep dental cleaning, antibiotic therapy, or other services in addition to a gum graft or gum recontouring.
Gum recession doesn’t have to wreck your smile! A gum recontouring treatment may be part of your journey to regaining a beautiful, functional, and healthy mouth.
Meet the Practice
Drs. Craig and Charito Estrada are a husband and wife team of dentists who provide restorative, cosmetic, and preventive care to residents of Chesapeake and the surrounding communities. They utilize advanced technology, including a soft tissue laser, to perform gum recontouring and other advanced services. To learn more about them and how they may be able to serve you, contact our practice at 757-548-1611.
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