Do I Need Gum Contouring? Signs That It May Be Right for You By Patrick Casey on September 05, 2023

Smiling woman after gum contouring

​Are you asking “Do I need gum contouring?” Also known as periodontal reshaping, this procedure can have several benefits for the right type of patients. We have years of experience performing gum contouring and also use advanced dental lasers at our Montreal, QC, office. Let's take a closer look at the procedure and who makes a good candidate.

Benefits of Gum Contouring

You may not realize it, but a pleasing balance between how much of your gums show when you smile and your teeth has a huge impact on your appearance. Similarly, a smooth healthy-looking gumline provides an attractive frame for your teeth. These are two of the factors that are used to determine whether periodontal reshaping might be right for you.

To put it simply, some benefits of gum contouring include:

  • Permanent effects
  • Smooth, even gum line
  • More attractive smile

Laser Gum Contouring

Traditional methods use a scalpel to shape the gums. But because we prefer to practice laser dentistry at our office, patients can experience even more advantages:

  • Greater accuracy
  • Little to no bleeding
  • No need for stitches
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Lower risk of complications

Concerns We Can Treat With Gum Contouring

Next, let’s look more closely at some of the concerns that can be treated with gum contouring.

You Have an Uneven Gumline

As we touched on above, the frame for your teeth affects how attractive and healthy your entire smile looks. If you have an uneven gum line due to trauma or genetics, we might recommend removing very small, precise amounts of soft tissue.

You Have a Gummy Smile

Do your teeth appear too short or stubby? It’s a very common concern we hear at Smile Montreal. With periodontal reshaping, we can reveal more of each tooth’s crown – the visible portion that lies above the gum line. The effects can be incredibly striking.

You Need a Dental Crown or Veneer

In many cases, we place veneers as part of the treatment plan for a gummy smile. Depending on how much tissue we remove, this might be the best way to achieve natural-looking results.

Periodontal reshaping might also be necessary before a dental crown is placed. By making room for the restoration, we can reach a healthier, more durable outcome.

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you identify with any of these concerns, there’s a good chance you’re a candidate for gum reshaping. It’s important to understand that the procedure is not intended to address gum disease. If you suffer from gum disease, we can recommend other types of treatment to manage the condition. Once your periodontal health is improved, you can reconsider gum contouring. You should also be in good overall health since conditions like poorly controlled diabetes can make dental surgery risky. We’ll also evaluate your health history since certain medications could increase your risk of bleeding, among other concerns.

Request a Consultation Today

At Smile Montreal, we have all the resources you need to achieve your best smile yet. We use only the most advanced technology and materials and offer sedation for patients who want even greater peace of mind. Message our team today to request an appointment to learn more about gum contouring.

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Dr. Charles Casey & Dr. Patrick Casey

Smile Montreal

Our team of dental professionals is focused on patient care and comfort. Our dentists use the latest techniques and innovative technologies to provide fast and efficient treatment. Dr. Patrick Casey is a member of a number of international associations, including:
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • International Academy of Orthodontics
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