Restore Symmetry with Gum Contouring
For patients who are unhappy with an uneven gum line or a gummy smile, Dr. Matthew A. Turner of Kansas City, MO, offers gum contouring treatments to restore balance and symmetry. During this procedure, Dr. Turner can gently remove excess gum tissue and shape the gums to create a beautiful frame for your teeth. At our practice, we incorporate precision and an artistic eye to perform effective, customized treatments. We can also combine this procedure with cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and dental bonding to meet your unique needs and goals.
What is Gum Contouring?
If excess gum tissue has created a gummy appearance or short-looking teeth, Dr. Turner may recommend a gum contouring procedure. During treatment, Dr. Turner can sculpt your gum line to reduce the amount of gum tissue visible when you smile. He can then seal the gums in place to ensure long-lasting results. This treatment can help you achieve more balance and proportionality between the size and shape of your teeth and gums, revealing a more even appearance.
Understanding the Process
Dr. Turner can perform a thorough evaluation of your smile to determine if you are a candidate for gum contouring. Ideal candidates should be in good oral and overall health. If you are suffering from gum disease, you may first require periodontal care before you are eligible for treatment.
If you decide to proceed with gum contouring, our team can administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Dr. Turner can then use a small scalpel to carefully reshape the gum line and trim away excess tissue. To ensure your oral health, we will always strive to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible. Once we have established the proper shape and position of your gums, we can apply sutures to secure the tissue in place.
Ensuring a Smooth Recovery
After surgery, it is common to experience sensitivity, irritation, and swelling. However, symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. To ensure a smooth recovery, we recommend that patients maintain a soft foods diet as directed. You should refrain from eating foods that are sharp, spicy, or have seeds so as not to impact the surgical site or sutures. It is also important to be gentle while brushing and flossing.
Dr. Turner and his qualified team strive to help patients achieve healthy beautiful smiles, and they take great pride in providing their patients with the highest quality care.
After two weeks, you should return to our office for a follow-up appointment, so Dr. Turner can make sure you are healing properly. At this time, we can review your progress and inform you as to when you can return to your normal diet.
Dr. Turner and his qualified team strive to help patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles, and they take great pride in providing their patients with the highest quality care. Gum contouring can dramatically transform your smile, helping to improve your confidence and quality of life. In addition to the aesthetic value of gum contouring, this treatment can also help to reduce dental sensitivity for some patients. By sealing your gums snugly against your teeth, gum contouring can also minimize your risk of developing gingivitis, the precursor to gum disease. Gum contouring is often paired with other cosmetic treatments including smile makeovers, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening for more comprehensive results.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are ready to unmask your smile, Dr. Turner can help you achieve a more symmetrical gum line. To find out if you are a candidate for gum contouring, schedule your consultation online or call Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C., at (816) 229-1433.
Best dental experience anyone could ask for. It's very obvious the entire staff works together as a team and truly cares about the patients.Jackie P.