Gum Contouring in Cary, NC
A perfect smile is created with a blend of different parts of the mouth that come together into one stunning presentation. Two major factors that influence the overall look of a smile are the teeth and gums. Because of this, gums or teeth that have a less-than- appealing appearance can affect the overall look of a smile. If you don’t like the aesthetic appearance of your teeth or gums, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry—in particular gum contouring.
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Gum Contouring Process
While previously gum contouring was done with manual excision techniques, these days most dentists use electrocautery and laser technology to reshape the gums. Electrocautery/laser technology makes the procedure less uncomfortable, and can even reduce bleeding. Electrocautery/laser tools are also much more accurate than the traditional excision method.
The first step of a gum contouring procedure is finding a qualified cosmetic dentist that you can trust to do an amazing job. There are many dentists that offer cosmetic services, but many of them don’t specialize in these services. Because gum contouring is such a precise procedure, you’ll want to make sure that you find a dentist that is comfortable with the procedure, and has done it plenty of times.
If your current general dentist is not comfortable with providing gum contouring, ask your dentist for a referral. At Wake Dental Care we provide most services involving cosmetic dentistry. While for many procedures
insurance may be a consideration, gum contouring often is not covered by insurance. Still, you’ll want to check your insurance coverage and, if it is covered, consider a dentist that is in-network.
Once the right dentist has been chosen, you’ll set an appointment for an evaluation. During this evaluation your dentist will look at your gums, and decide if you are a good candidate for gum contouring. If you are a good candidate, your dentist will be able to perform the procedure. The first step of gum contouring is numbing the gums to reduce any discomfort. Often sedation is unnecessary, but in certain cases a dentist may decide to use nitrous oxide. Once the gums are numb, the reshaping will begin. The procedure is quick , and may only take a few minutes.
Other Cosmetic Services
Gum contouring may be one aspect of what is known as a “smile design” plan. You may decide that you want to make changes not only to your gums, but also your teeth. If this is the case, you can speak with your cosmetic dentist about other cosmetic procedures that can improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Below are some of the other procedures that patients opt for when designing the perfect smile:
Teeth whitening is an extremely popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, as it helps to restore a patient’s teeth to the whiteness that they once had. Teeth whitening can help to remove stains, and can reduce or remove any discoloration of the teeth that was a result of tobacco use, coffee, tea or wine.
Dental bonding is an excellent option for repairing minor damage to a tooth or teeth. Bonding is often used to treat minor cracks, chips or discoloration in the teeth.
Dental Veneers or Dental Crowns
Dental veneers and dental crowns are often used not only for cosmetic reasons, but also for practical reasons. When a tooth has been damaged beyond the point where dental bonding is an option, your dentist may decide to place a dental veneer or crown. Some of the issues that veneers and crowns help to treat include cracks, chips and damage caused by tooth decay.
Braces are an excellent option for treatment of various alignment issues. If you have teeth that are crooked, misaligned or have gaps, your dentist may decide braces are the best option. If this is the case, you can consider invisalign treatment in our office or you may need to see a dentist that specializes in orthodontic dentistry. An orthodontist will discuss different options, which may include metal braces, Invisalign or other options.
Dentists You Can Trust
We take the time to explain treatment and use the latest in dental technology to ensure a conservative approach to your dental care. We have specialized eyepieces and special decay-detecting dye to be sure we can see the smallest amount of decay and remove only the diseased portions of the tooth. Our iTero scanner allows us to scan your teeth and create restorations with world-class accuracy.
Dr. Jim Bohn
Dr. Bohn is a native of Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Penn State University and a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Temple University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jerry Allen
Dr. Jerry Allen was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.