Your smile may look "gummy" if too much of your tooth is covered by an excess of gum tissue. At Ron Barry, D.M.D. in Del Mar, CA, gum contouring will improve your smile by eliminating the extra soft tissue and showing more of your teeth. Gum sculpting not only creates a more attractive smile, but it could also improve your dental health by eliminating places where bacteria commonly accumulates. This reduces your risk of having periodontal disease, cavities, and infections. Make an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Ron Barry at our office in Del Mar, CA to get more information about gum contouring and sculpting. We look forward to serving you.
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Sculpting the gums may give you a more attractive smile while also helping your oral health. You could be a good candidate for gum contouring and sculpting if you would like to enhance your smile by treating a “gummy” look. When your gums are low, gum sculpting can help create a more even gumline. It is also ideal if you struggle with recurring infections or periodontal disease caused by bacteria trapped in large gum pockets.
What to Expect
Gum sculpting or contouring is performed in our office using numbing cream or local anesthesia. We may offer sedation options if you have fears or anxiety about getting dental work. To prepare you for the treatment, your gums and teeth will be professionally cleaned, then dried. Dr. Barry can then use a special laser tool to eliminate gum tissue until a more balanced gumline is revealed. The laser tool cauterizes the soft tissue to minimize bleeding throughout the process. When your gums are sculpted, Dr. Barry will rinse your teeth and gums so you may enjoy your results. In most cases, gum sculpting will be finished in one appointment.
Once your procedure is done, Dr. Barry will provide you with home care instructions. He could write a prescription for antibiotic medication if symptoms of an infection were seen in the process. Your gums might be inflamed for several weeks; however, if you follow a good oral care routine at home, then your gum tissue will quickly return to normal. You should still attend yearly dental examinations so Dr. Barry can check your oral health.
Gum contouring is considered a cosmetic procedure so it isn't generally covered by dental insurance policies. However, Ron Barry, D.M.D. accepts many different payment methods. Dr. Barry can go over an estimate of your costs in your initial consultation and how to use medical financing to make your procedure fit your budget.
Plan Your Procedure
Gum contouring at Ron Barry, D.M.D. is a popular treatment for several reasons — it will improve the appearance of your smile and it will reduce your chances of getting gum disease. If you would like to see a more beautiful smile or have better oral health, gum sculpting might be a great treatment for you. To get more information about this treatment, contact our office in Del Mar, CA to make your appointment with Dr. Barry.