If you look in the mirror at your smile, you might see some things that you want to change. Although the majority of us focus on the actual teeth themselves, it could be that it is the gum tissue that really needs to be adjusted. Even white, straight, healthy teeth can look short and uneven if the gum tissues are irregular.
What is Gum Recontouring?
Gingival recontouring is a process that recreates the natural gumline margin of your smile. Although this was traditionally done through surgical methods, it is now often completed with soft-tissue lasers. Lasers are more comfortable and provide results in just a few minutes without any recovery time needed. As the laser is guided along the margin of the gums, the gum tissue shape is instantly altered.
When is Gingival Recontouring Needed?
Gum reshaping is usually recommended when there are excessive amounts of gum tissue covering the teeth. Either the smile looks “gummy,” the teeth look short, or the gums and teeth appear lopsided. By adjusting the gumlines, your dentist can create an even gum margin that exposes the previously covered tooth structure. Thus, you can enjoy a fuller smile and longer teeth without any dental work.
Does it Hurt?
No. Laser gum recontouring involves very little discomfort, as there are no surgical steps necessary. Your dentist may not even need to use local anesthesia!
Sometimes gum contouring is used in conjunction with other types of treatments, like crowns, veneers, or even periodontal therapy. The process takes only a few minutes to complete. Are you ready to find out more about gum recontouring and cosmetic dentistry? Schedule a consultation with your dentist today!
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