Gum Recontouring

October 17th, 2017

We don’t often think much about our gums, but they are imperative to good oral health and can affect how we feel about our smile. A gum line that is too high or too low can not only cause dental problems, but can be unpleasing aesthetically. Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert, Arizona, can care for both your teeth and your gums. We understand how cosmetic dentistry is beneficial to your smile and your confidence.

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Uneven Gum Line Causes

If you have gum lines that rise too high or are too low, you could be a good candidate for gum recontouring or reconstruction. What causes uneven gum lines? Several factors can play into this. When your gums cover a larger than normal portion of your teeth, it can be due to:

  • *Genetics
  • *Prescription Drug Use
  • *Health Problems

Gum recession is when the gums pull away from the teeth. This exposes the roots of the teeth and can make them appear too long. Uneven gum lines and correction procedures are often regarded as cosmetic dentistry to improve the look of your smile, but there are cases where gum recession is actually a dental health concern.

Possible Concerns

Uneven gum lines can be frustrating when you are wanting that pearly white smile to dazzle people with. A periodontal procedure may be conducted on the gums to improve the appearance of one’s smile, but often, it needs to be performed due to a serious health concern. When the gum line is too low and receding, this can cause issues with your dental health. As the gum pulls away from the tooth, exposing the root, it can cause:

  • *Tooth Decay or Periodontal Disease
  • *Loss of Teeth
  • *Structural Deterioration of Gums and Bone

If you think you may have gum recession, or are concerned about it, contact Lifetime Family Dental today for a professional opinion.

 

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