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Is Gingival Recontouring Right for Me?

Posted in Periodontics

Have you ever looked at your teeth and notice that the gums are all different heights? Some may be too high, others too low. Many scenarios arise as to why this happens, but now you may be considering if cosmetic gum contouring is right for you and you want to know some options.

Reducing Gummy Smiles

A gum reduction is needed when there is too much gingival tissue covering the teeth. Your teeth may look short or uneven. Lasers are becoming increasing popular for reduction procedures, due to quick and easy recoveries. As the laser trims the tissue it is simultaneously cauterizing it, which aids the healing process. Removing excess tissue can be more satisfying to the eye, but also keeps a tooth healthier because there is less of a pocket under the gums for bacteria to accumulate.

When There Isn’t Enough Gum Tissue Present

One of the most common gum problems is called recession, when the gum is too low and teeth look long.  Gum tissue is a key structure in keeping your teeth stable and healthy. Once the gum is loss, it will not regrow on its own. A periodontist or dentist can graft new tissue either from your palate (or possibly use donor tissue depending on the scenario and location in the mouth.) Grafting isn’t a quick solution; it can be tender in the days that follow the surgery. Bruising may occur and recovery may take a bit of time to fully heal …so learning about what caused the gum to recede is essential in preventing the need for this type of gum treatment again.

Both gum recontouring procedures are equally important reasons to correct your uneven appearance. Ultimately, they will increase the longevity of your smile. Ask your dentist if you need gingival recontouring!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618


Is Gingival Contouring Right for Me?

Posted in Periodontics

Do you struggle with a smile that looks uneven? Maybe you’ve taken very good care of your teeth, visiting your dentist regularly, flossing every day and eating foods that don’t increase your risk for tooth decay. Even though your smile is healthy, your teeth may still pose an aesthetic concern. But, is it really your teeth? It could be that your gums have a lot more to do with it!

Uneven Gum Tissues

Sometime our teeth look lopsided, short or irregularly sized due to the margins of the gumlines. It doesn’t mean that anything is wrong, it just means that one side doesn’t match the other. Adjusting the contours to look more uniform can also change the appearance of tooth size and shape.

Gummy Smiles

When you smile, do you see more gum tissues than you see teeth? Are your teeth extremely short compared to your gums? If too much gum tissues are covering your natural crowns, your smile will look “gummy.” That is, more gums show than anything else. By removing some of this excessive gum tissue, your natural tooth can be exposed the way it should be. 

Gum Disease

If you have deep pockets under your gum tissues, it could lead to frequent periodontal infections that result in red or bleeding gum tissues. To improve the health of these gums, your dentist may want to slightly adjust the gum margins so that the pockets are shallower and easier to care for.

Gingival contouring can be completed using different methods, some quicker and more comfortable than others. Changing your gumlines has a significant impact on the overall appearance of your smile without any type of dental work!

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384


Smile Makeovers with Gum Recontouring

Posted in Laser Dentistry

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!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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