We are pleased to announce that our office is open! • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. * All patients will be required to wear face coverings to enter the office. • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed. • Every patient will have their temperature taken upon entering the office. If above 100 degrees, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment for the safety of our staff and other patients. • We want you to call the office or text when you arrive for your dental appointment. We will then call you when your room is ready so you go straight back to the chair. For the time being, we will not have a “waiting room”. • Following your appointment, we will do a “virtual” checkout by calling you to take any payments and/or schedule any follow up appointments. • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That means that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. If you already have a scheduled appointment we may need to reschedule to a future date to be able to follow the new guidelines. We appreciate your patience as we all work through this pandemic and resume back to business. Sincerely Dr. Belnap, Dr. Jergense and staff,

No More “Gummy” Smile: Gum Contouring Benefits

August 10, 2016 — by tbelnap
Tags: Gum Contouring Cosmetic Dentistry Laser Dentistry

A young woman smiling broadly after undergoing gum contouringAt PQ Family Dental, Dr. Tim Belnap and Dr. W. Brandon Jergensen are pleased to offer a comprehensive range of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments designed to transform the smiles of their patients. One of the most popular of the cosmetic dentistry treatments available at PQ Family Dental is gum contouring, also known as gum lift. This procedure enables patients with “gummy” smiles to achieve more aesthetically pleasing gum lines safely and permanently.

There are very few risks associated with the gum contouring procedure, yet there are a wealth of benefits for suitable candidates. Drs. Belnap and Jergensen would be happy to discuss gum contouring benefits with you during a consultation at their San Diego, CA dental practice. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile due to excess gum tissue that extends down onto your teeth, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation with one of our two esteemed cosmetic dentists by contacting PQ Family Dental today.

What Are the Benefits of Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is one of the most transformative of all cosmetic dentistry procedures, offering many aesthetic benefits. Among suitable candidates, gum contouring:

  • Can be used to remove excess gum tissue: For patients who have excess gum tissue that extends down onto the teeth, gum contouring is a potentially ideal treatment. By safely ablating this gum tissue, our dentists expose more of the surfaces of the teeth, making them appear longer and more proportional to the smile and the other facial features. Excess gum tissue can also make even the cleanest teeth look dingy and discolored, which the artful removal of this tissue can help to address.
  • Can be used to create a more even gum line: Among patients who have jagged, uneven gum lines, gum contouring can be performed to create more even gum lines. Uneven gum lines can detract from an otherwise beautiful smile, making the teeth appear unhealthy and even crooked. By reshaping the gums, our dentists can reinvent smiles affected by uneven gum lines.
  • Is permanent: Once removed, gum tissue does not regenerate. When patients undergo gum contouring, they can expect that their gums will maintain their new shape. However, patients must be committed to keeping their gums clean and healthy so that they do not lose further gum tissue to periodontal disease.
  • Is extremely safe: Gum contouring is one of the safest forms of surgery, oral or otherwise, a person can undergo. Although there is some degree of risk associated with any surgery, gum contouring has a very low risk of bleeding and infection. Patients must be free from gum disease before they can undergo gum contouring surgery; however, provided that they are in good oral health prior to surgery, and that they are willing and able to follow all post-surgical instructions provided to them to the letter, the recovery period should be quick and incident free.

Learn More about Gum Contouring Benefits

If you would like to learn more about the potential benefits of gum contouring, please contact PQ Family Dental today.