By Dr. Stephen J. Moy
June 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Having a smile you love can have a positive effect on your self-esteem, confidence in meeting new people and everyday life in general. However, some people who dislike their smile do not necessarily have a problem with their teeth, but with their gums. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry to alter the gums’ appearance is common and widely available. Learn more about cosmetic gum surgery with help from your Gum SurgerySan Leandro, CA cosmetic dentist at Moy Dental.

What can cosmetic gum surgery do for me? 
If you feel like your gums are too high or low on your teeth, you could benefit from cosmetic gum disease. This procedure reshapes the gums to improve their appearance. The most obvious benefit of cosmetic gum surgery is the confidence boost that having a smile you love provides. However, gum surgery can also aid in repairing the effects of gum disease like periodontitis.

What can I expect from cosmetic gum surgery? 
Most cosmetic gum surgeries occur right in your San Leandro dentist’s office using local anesthetic. Surgery may include scalpels, lasers or other instruments to correct the gums’ appearance. Your dentist can help you determine which type of surgery is best for you and your mouth. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, most gum surgeries require only a few days or weeks of recovery time.

How do I know if cosmetic gum surgery is necessary for my situation? 
Gum surgery is usually performed as a cosmetic procedure. This means that it has no effect on the functionality of your teeth. However, as some cases of receding gums are a sign of periodontal disease, some gum surgeries are necessary to compliment other periodontal procedures to correct gum disease.

Who is a good candidate for gum surgery? 
Those patients who are unhappy with their receded gums or their “gummy smile” can benefit from cosmetic gum surgery. Additionally, those who have an uneven gumline they would like to be more uniform may also be a good candidate for gum surgery. You should be in good dental and general health before undergoing treatment and you may require dental work to repair dental issues prior to your gum surgery.

For more information on cosmetic gum surgery, please contact Dr. Stephen J. Moy at Moy Dental in San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 351-4030 to schedule your consultation for cosmetic gum surgery today!