Excess gum tissue may be what is causing you to feel embarrassed by your smile. While many people suffer from tooth stains or chipped enamel, your protruding soft oral tissues may be what needs to be altered. Fortunately, at Allen Smile Design, our team can deliver a permanent solution known as gum recontouring. Designed to reshape and create a balanced gumline, you can embrace the aesthetics and confidence you desire and deserve. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
Gum recontouring is a form of cosmetic dentistry that involves removing excess gum tissue around teeth to create a more balanced gumline. As a permanent method of treatment, it can serve several purposes apart from boosting aesthetics, such as reducing the risk of gum disease and making it possible to receive customized restorations should you require them for damaged teeth.
When it comes to determining your candidacy for this type of cosmetic dental care, it is important that you undergo a thorough examination by our dentist. Should you be experiencing any of the following, there is a good chance you will be approved for treatment:
The process of undergoing gum recontouring is quite simple. You will first receive local anesthesia to keep you pain-free and comfortable throughout the procedure. Instead of using regular scalpels and sutures, our team uses a soft tissue laser, which is proven to be a more patient-friendly way to administer treatments associated with the gums.
By gently moving the concentrated beam of light along the gumline, we can create a more even appearance. And because the laser provides optimal precision and accuracy, it cauterizes while it cuts, minimizing bleeding and swelling, and it reduces the possibility of infection after the procedure is complete.
Yes, however, there is a slight difference between the two. While gum recontouring is largely focused on improving your aesthetics, crown lengthening is designed to expose more of the natural tooth structure so that a customized dental crown or similar restoration can be put into place. The removal process of the gum tissue remains the same – using a soft tissue laser – so you can expect a comfortable approach no matter which type of procedure you plan to undergo.
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