The Function and Cosmetic Benefits of Gum Contouring

Having a gummy smile can compromise smile aesthetics. A toothy smile can also be unattractive and may be a symptom of something more serious. At Pacific Dental Associates we provide cosmetic periodontal gum contouring and gum grafting for patients with aesthetic concerns and advanced soft tissue problems. Our San Francisco dentists are dedicated to providing treatment options that encompass restoration of health and appearance.

Cosmetic Gum Contouring 

Due to genetics, some patients have gums that cover a large portion of their smile, making them self-conscious about the small appearance of their teeth. Gum contouring or shaping is a cosmetic dental treatment to remove excess gum tissue that covers too much dental enamel, in order to achieve a more pleasing aesthetic. 

Gum Grafting for Periodontal Disease

Gum grafting may be necessary if periodontal disease has created severe gum recession. Grafting can also be provided after a gingivectomy, in which damaged gum tissue has been removed.

Gum grafts or soft tissue grafts combat the recession of soft tissue due to aging, over brushing, or periodontal disease. When the tooth roots become exposed, teeth become sensitive to temperature, and aesthetics are negatively affected. This treatment is completed in order to cover the exposed tooth root, strengthen existing gum tissue, and prevent further soft tissue loss.

Our Pacific Heights dentists are equipped with the knowledge and experience to provide the best treatment that fits your needs.

Gum Grafting and Contouring in San Francisco

At Pacific Dental Associates, we provide gum contouring and grafting treatments for patients looking for an aesthetic enhancement to their smile, or for a treatment to combat periodontal disease. No matter which procedure you need, your gum health is our priority. After a comprehensive examination of your smile, and a consultation to answer any questions you may have about your procedure, gum contouring or grafting can be recommended.

During treatment, our dentists take their time to shape or add tissue as needed in order to meet your desired aesthetics and restore oral health. We utilize a variety of tools for gum contouring and grafting, with a special eye for attention in creating symmetry from one tooth to the next.

Post-Treatment Care

We believe constant patient communication is key to achieving the best results. Our San Francisco dentists listen to and address your concerns, prioritizing your comfort and well-being throughout the process of your treatment.

Patients may experience sensitivity following their gum surgery. We recommend to stick to soft foods for the first few days. When it comes to brushing and flossing teeth, patients should be especially gentle. If you are experiencing and swelling, bleeding, or sever pain, contact our dental practice.

Schedule Your Consultation Today! 

At Pacific Dental Associates in San Francisco, our team of specialists and dedicated staff utilize empirically based solutions, and state-of-the-art techniques and tools, to provide patients with the highest quality of care. To learn more about improving your gum health, improve the cosmetics of your smile, and how our  gum contouring procedure can help you, contact our staff at our San Francisco dental office in Pacific Heights today! 


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