About Gum Contouring
You may have a "gummy smile" if the upper portion of your tooth is hidden by unnecessary gum tissue. At Martin Dentistry, gum contouring can sculpt the smile by removing the excess soft tissue and revealing more of the tooth. Gum contouring doesn't just give you a more aesthetically appealing smile, but it can also improve your oral health by reducing areas where bacteria usually hides. This decreases your chances of getting gum disease, tooth decay, and infections. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with family dentists Dr. Matthew Martin, Dr. Stephanie Martin, or Dr. Lynn Marshall at our office in Fishers, IN to find out more about cosmetic gum sculpting.
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"I have had a ton of dental work over the years, and have never really felt entirely confident that dentists know what to do with me. I was sick as a teen with bowel issues, and in my 20s when I got my first cavity and quickly ended up with infections and problems, and have three implants now. I just moved to the area and went for an appointment because there was a loose crown, and Dr Matt Martin told me there was an issue with my implant being placed too high. I went to the oral surgeon who agreed and removed the implant (not fun, but also a great surgeon). During a cleaning, Dr. Martin also identified a tooth that had a new cavity and had so many previous fillings that it was brittle. I went in today to have the crown prepped and another filling done, and he was the first dentist to get me truly and completely numb...for hours. This was amazing, because I always end up feeling awful when I have to ask for more numbing. He was calm and confident, very concerned with my comfort, in general probably my favorite dentist! His staff are downright delightful as well. I'd say that for someone who is complicated, with medical conditions like mine that lead to tooth problems, this is the best practice to go to. I really know they can handle it, and they are empathetic and kind."- E.W. / Yelp / May 08, 2019
"Nobody likes getting dental work done -- especially me. But Dr. Stephanie and her assistant Connie have been so helpful and made me feel much better through everything. I have had a few appointments here recently for fillings and a crown. I asked LOTS of questions, and they were so friendly and helpful. We had fun conversations at every appointment. The work seemed so easy to them that it put me at ease. They obviously have a lot of experience. The administrative side (scheduling, reminders, getting cost estimates, etc) has always gone smoothly for me, unlike my previous dental office. I'm glad I chose Martin Dentistry."- A.F. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
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"I've had alot of bad dental experience, this was not one of them! I had all my uppers crowned and they not only look real they look Amazing. 5 star's"- T.L. / Google / Feb 04, 2019
What to Expect
An uneven gumline or gummy smile is fixed by removing the excess gum tissue as needed and then sculpting the gumline to look natural and even. For patients who have a high gumline that makes their teeth look too long or exposes the tooth root, gum graft surgery is used to lower the gumline and protect the roots from decay. Gaps in the gums are often caused by tooth loss and this is usually fixed with ridge augmentation and a dental implant.
After gum contouring or gum grafting procedures, the patient will feel some discomfort and swelling. Gum contouring generally only takes one day for recovery and patients are advised to consume soft food and liquids for several days. Gum grafting surgery may require 3 – 7 days for recovery and patients will be limited on their activity and diet to prevent the stitches from opening. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication if needed.
Plan Your Procedure
Even, Healthy Gums
Cosmetic gum sculpting at Martin Dentistry is a wonderful procedure for many reasons — it can enhance the overall appearance of a "gummy" smile and lower your risk of gum disease or an oral infection. Whether you want to enhance your smile or improve your oral health, gum contouring may be right for you. If you would like to learn more about gum contouring, contact our office in Fishers, IN to schedule your consultation.