Dentistry in and of itself is a complex area of focus. After all, it consists of treatment that protects your teeth from harm (prevention), care that addresses surface-level concerns (cosmetic), and procedures that mitigate damage and restore your overall health (restorative. What’s more? These areas can overlap, and many situations are not as straightforward or as textbook as most would like. One of these examples includes a gummy smile. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI dentist discusses the cosmetic and health concerns that arise from this phenomenon, as well as what our team can do to help.
What is Gum Contouring?
It goes without saying that nobody wants to lose a natural tooth if it can be prevented, as once they are gone, they will not come back. As such, many people take care to exercise a well-rounded preventive care regimen so that these and other concerns can be ultimately avoided. Bear in mind, however, that it only takes falling short in one area of this routine for major complications to set in and wreak havoc. Because of this, attending your routine checkups and cleanings serves a much more important function than you think. Still, what happens if the issue has to do with a condition you were born with?
When you are born with gaps in-between teeth or excessive gum tissue that covers your structures, you may think that there is nothing that can be done to fix it. After all, nothing bad ever arose from a gummy smile except how it causes your grin to appear, correct? Actually, this is not the case. This phenomenon can lead to a few different concerns, but our team can utilize gum contouring to provide the solution. To learn more about this process, reach out to our team today.
Improving Your Health
While many people view a gummy smile as a purely cosmetic concern, truthfully, it can lead to increased chances of infection and even tooth loss if it is not treated. This is where gum contouring comes in to help, as our team will gently trim away the areas of gum tissue that cover too much of your teeth. You see, excess tissue provides an increased area at which bacteria can nestle beneath the surface. This causes periodontal concerns such as gum disease. Contact our team to learn more today.
Not only does gum contouring protect against gum disease and the effects of plaque, but it allows our team to even out your gum line and reestablishes a symmetric and cosmetically impressive smile.
Schedule Your Visit
To learn more about the many benefits that gum contouring has to offer, contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213 to speak with our team and schedule your next appointment today.