Soft Tissue Sculpting

Do your gums appear long or uneven?

Gingival sculpting, gum contouring, or soft tissue sculpting reshapes the gumline. It results in an even, natural-looking smile.

Here at Embrace Dental in SE Calgary, we offer soft tissue sculpting. This cosmetic dental procedure improves the appearance of your smile and your oral health.

In this post, we talk more about soft tissue sculpting - how the process works and its benefits. Let’s get started.

What is Soft Tissue Sculpting?

Extra gum tissue can make your teeth look misshapen, short, or long. It can also cause deep pockets to form due to poor oral hygiene habits. A ‘gummy smile’ can also expose root surfaces of the teeth and increase sensitivity.

We can change the shape or contour of your gumline using a soft tissue laser to remove excessive gum tissue and expose the part of the tooth that’s normally visible. We show more of the teeth and achieve better symmetry for your gumline.

What to Expect from the Procedure?

If you feel you have a ‘gummy smile’ and would like a smile makeover, we can look into soft tissue sculpting. During your consultation, we check if tissues around your teeth are excessive or receding.

Depending on the condition of your mouth and oral health goals, we may recommend other treatment options or a combination of procedures.

Your treatment plan is customized according to your needs and preferences. We can address an asymmetrical gumline with minimal discomfort with dental laser technology.

During the procedure, using local anesthetic for your comfort, we use a soft tissue laser to remove the excess gum tissue and reveal more of the tooth enamel.

This procedure is usually completed in a single visit.

Benefits of Soft Tissue Sculpting

Gum contouring is often deemed cosmetic. However, there are instances when dentists recommend the procedure for periodontal care to improve gum health.

Gum inconsistencies can increase your risk of developing tooth decay and loss, gum infections, and gum disease. That being said, gum contouring can be both cosmetic and medically necessary. Here are the benefits:

  • Remove excessive tissue.
  • Achieve symmetrical gumline.
  • Improve your smile’s appearance.
  • Reduce risks of tooth decay.
  • Fight tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Enhance oral health and general health.
  • Increase self-confidence.
  • Feel happier.

In addition, using a soft tissue laser for the procedure reduces infection risk as it simultaneously seals and disinfects the treatment area. The use of lasers also increases treatment accuracy, which protects surrounding tissue from potential damage. We minimize the chances of inflammation and shorten the healing period.

Is Soft Tissue Sculpting Necessary?

The best way to determine whether you must undergo gum contouring or sculpting is through a comprehensive oral examination with the dentist.

If you’re concerned about the appearance and health of your gums, please contact us at (587) 355-6968. Our dental office is located in SE Calgary and we accept morning, afternoon, and evening appointments. Get in touch with us today and let’s help you embrace your smile.