What is the cause of uneven gums?
There are many things that can cause gums to be high or low. Gums that cover a large portion of tooth can make your teeth look small. This could be a result of genetics, a health problem or certain prescription drugs.
Gums that sit too high can make your teeth appear long. This is often caused by gum recession, a condition in which the gum tissue pulls back from the tooth and exposes the root. Aside from an unwanted look, this could lead to severe problems such as decay and tooth loss. Gum recession is also a symptom of periodontal disease, a deterioration of the structures of the teeth.
Is gum contouring necessary?
Generally gum contouring isn't considered to be a medical procedure, instead cosmetic. Most patients tend to opt for this treatment to improve their smile. However, in some cases, people undergo surgery as part of a necessary periodontal procedure, such as crown lengthening, pocket reduction and regenerative procedures.
Who performs gum contouring?
Dentists and periodontists can perform a gum contouring procedure. If you are unsure of your practitioner's knowledge or experience, it is always advised to ask.
How much does gum contouring cost?
The cost of gum contouring depends on the extent of the work being carried out. This is something that your dentist can provide you with before committing to surgery. Price plans tend to be available for those unable to complete one payment.
What should I expect from a gum contouring procedure?
Before surgery, your dentist should go over what they will be doing during the procedure. Often a line is marked on with pen to show you your new gum line. That way you are able to see how much gum will be removed or reshaped. Dentists tend to use scalpels, lasers and radio surgery to preform gum contouring. Sometimes bone at the front of the tooth's root must be removed to get the best long term results. In these circumstances, local anaesthesia is applied to numb the area.