Gum Contouring for Small Teeth

By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on February 20, 2019

Graphic of upper jaw shows before and after gum contouring procedureA portion of your teeth may be hiding under excess gum tissue. If you have small teeth, this cosmetic issue can affect the proportion and symmetry of your smile.

Gum contouring improves the appearance of your teeth by removing small amounts of gum tissue. Dr. Thomas Zarger performs this effective outpatient procedure at our Knoxville, TN office. Read on to learn more about gum contouring for small teeth.

Causes of Small Teeth

In most cases, the size of the teeth and the amount of gum tissue that covers the teeth is a result of genetics. Other possible causes of small teeth include:

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Dental misalignment
  • Smoking

For patients with small teeth, we may be able to remove some excess gum tissue to reveal more of the crown. This results in longer, more prominent looking teeth.

How Gum Contouring Works

On the day of your visit, Dr. Zarger will use local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. If you suffer from dental phobia or have anxiety about the procedure, Dr. Zarger offers oral sedation as well.

During the procedure, Dr. Zarger will use a special laser to remove small amounts of excess gum tissue. The laser seals the gums, minimizing bleeding, inflammation, and pain.

Dr. Zarger will send you home with recovery instructions and tips for a quick recovery. It is recommended that you only eat soft foods for a few days after the procedure.

Advantages of Gum Contouring

Gum contouring offers near-instant results. With one visit, Dr. Zarger can deliver an enhanced smile with minimal recovery time.

The benefits of this minimally invasive procedure include:

  • Boosted confidence: If you are happy with the appearance of your smile, it will encourage you to show it off more.
  • Loss of gummy smile: Dr. Zarger will remove excess tissue during your gum contouring procedure, reducing the amount of gums that show.
  • Minimal dental office visits: Once Dr. Zarger establishes your candidacy for gum contouring, one short visit is all that is required to complete the procedure.
  • Better oral hygiene: The results allow for easier cleanings at home.
  • Cost savings: Gum contouring is an affordable alternative to more costly treatments like porcelain veneers.

Alternative Treatment Options

We make recommend additional cosmetic treatments along with your gum contouring treatment.

Porcelain veneers can enhance the size of your teeth. This cosmetic treatment removes a small amount of enamel to make room for wafer-thin veneers that are placed on the front of your teeth.

Teeth whitening can also improve the appearance of your teeth. Gum contouring is often paired with teeth whitening to deliver more dramatic results.

Contact Our Office Today

Gum contouring offers quick results and requires minimal recovery time. Dr. Zarger is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He will take the time to discuss your cosmetic treatment options.

To learn how gum contouring can improve your smile, contact our office online or call (865) 693-7631.

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