A gorgeous smile is one that appears straight and uniform. If a gummy smile or receding gums are not allowing individuals get the smile they deserve, out Kitsilano dental office can help. We provide several cosmetic periodontal surgery options to fix receding gums, remove excess gum tissue, and much more.

What is cosmetic periodontal surgery?

Cosmetic periodontal surgery is aimed at several dental procedures that are aimed to reshape and contour a patients gums in order to create a uniform smile. Cosmetic periodontal surgery helps improve the appearance of your gums, creating a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile.

What can cosmetic periodontal surgery treat?

Cosmetic periodontal surgery is offered to treat three main areas including:

Gummy smile

Patients that have a gummy smile may feel self-conscious or that their teeth appear too short in comparison to their gums. A scalpel or laser may be utilized to remove excess gum tissue. Gum contouring allows your natural teeth to be more visible, creating a more balanced and symmetrical smile. The procedure also helps dental crowns and veneers appear more natural in relation to your gums.

Uneven gumline

We often see patients that have perfectly straight teeth but visually they appear crooked due to an uneven gumline. To obtain a symmetrical look and feel, our Kitsilano, Vancouver dental clinic provides gum contouring treatments that refine and even out your gumline.

Receding gums

Receding gums happen in a patient when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away or pulls back. This exposes more of the tooth or its root. Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from disease and is important in maintaining a naturally attractive smile. When receding gums occur, several problems can arise including teeth sensitivity, increased risk of cavities and the appearance of elongated teeth. Receding gums are often a sign of gum disease, but they can also occur from overbrushing, age, tobacco use, certain medications and genetics.

What causes gum recession?

Gum recession is an indication of gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease. Prior to performing a gum graft to improve the appearance of your gums, it is important to treat the underlying condition.