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Sep
14

Gum and Tooth Recontouring For a New Smile

Do uneven teeth or a gummy smile make you embarrassed to smile in photos or around other people? Maybe you have very healthy teeth, but the way your gumlines and tooth shapes look leave you wishing you had a new smile. Gum and tooth recontouring could be just the answer that you’ve been looking for!

Recontouring of the teeth and gums is a simple and extremely effective method to create a natural, even-looking smile across your entire mouth. It’s a fairly straightforward procedure that typically only takes one visit to complete from start to finish.

The gum recontouring portion of treatment is used on “gummy” smiles or uneven gum tissues. The gum tissue is surgically adjusted, either by laser or with an instrument. This creates a new gumline, and exposes more healthy tooth surface, giving you a “fuller” looking smile.

The tooth recontouring portion of the treatment involves slightly smoothing or adjusting the edges and contours of the teeth. Small areas of bonding (tooth colored material) may also be used on areas where there are gaps or chipped enamel. When combined with gingival recontouring, patients that receive tooth recontouring have fuller, healthier looking teeth.

Just about anyone can elect to have tooth and gum recontouring to improve the way their smile looks. It can be used in conjunction with treatments like veneers or teeth whitening for more dramatic results across your entire mouth. The entire process is simple and more comfortable than you might expect!

A simple exam is all that’s needed to determine whether or not you’re a candidate for gum and tooth recontouring. Just ask during your next routine dental visit!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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Sep
27

The Advantages of the Dental Laser for Patients with Gummy Smiles

When you smile, what do you see? Are there more gums smiling than your teeth? Patients with gummy smiles don’t have to live the rest of their lives that way. Instead, there’s a minimally invasive approach that offers a quick, comfortable solution that minimizes the amount of excess gum tissue in your smile. Laser gum recontouring dramatically changes the appearance of your smile and only takes just a few minutes to complete.

Some people have an excess of gum tissue covering their natural tooth enamel. This may be genetic, or due to side effects from certain prescription medications. Using a laser, your natural tooth enamel is uncovered and your excess gum tissue is removed, leaving the appearance of a larger, whiter smile.

With laser recontouring, there are no surgical procedures, dressings or sutures needed. In fact, there is almost no recovery time at all. The entire process is extremely comfortable and typically takes no more than 10-15 minutes from start to finish. As soon as the laser contouring is completed, you’ll be able to take a look in your smile and see a dramatic difference. Whether it’s just one tooth or several teeth, laser recontouring is a straightforward approach to creating a natural, healthy appearance.

Gum recontouring can also be useful for patients with chronic gum disease that haven’t responded well to conventional treatments. By removing excess diseased tissue, patients with periodontal disease conditions can better care for their oral health, as it’s easier to reach plaque between the teeth or below the gums.

If you’re interested in creating a healthier, more natural smile, ask your dentist about if you’re an ideal candidate for laser contouring.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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