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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



Gingival Recontouring

Uneven gumlines or bulky gum tissue can be the way your smile looks naturally, or caused by things such as medications. It can make your teeth look short, uneven, or even like you have more gum tissue than teeth. Thankfully, there’s a great way to change this! Gingival recontouring (aka gum recontouring) is a simple, straight-forward procedure that dramatically changes the way your smile looks, just by adjusting the edges of your gumlines.

Adjusting the edges of the gumlines can remove excess gum tissue and expose areas of the tooth that were previously covered. This gives a fuller, larger tooth appearance so that the smile appears more natural. It can also be performed on one or two teeth, just to even out the contours of the gumlines.

How is gum recontouring completed? Most dentists are now using lasers to complete the treatment in just a few minutes. Traditional methods involve a more surgical approach, but still have the same results with a longer healing period. Laser gingival recontouring is comfortable to have completed, requires only a short appointment, and requires no healing time. In fact, most patients don’t even ask to have local anesthesia during their treatment!

Gingival recontouring is often combined with other cosmetic or restorative treatments to create a fuller, natural looking smile. When combined with whitening, veneers, or bonding, it allows dentists to change their patients smiles dramatically in hardly no no time at all. If you’ve been bothered by bulky gum tissue, or just how short your teeth seem to look when you smile, then ask your dentist about gingival recontouring – an affordable, convenient, fast way to improve the way you look!

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



I have a “Gummy” Smile, What Can Be Done?

One of the more popular cosmetic dentistry procedures being done by cosmetic dentists is the correction of the “Gummy” smile.  This is a cosmetic condition that occurs when a patient’s gums cover their teeth disproportionately, making the patient’s teeth to appear shorter than normal.  The result is a smile where the gums are more visible than the patient’s teeth.  While strictly a cosmetic condition, many patients are self conscious of the appearance of their smile, which ultimately impact’s a patient’s self esteem.

The correction of a “gummy” smile is a pretty straightforward procedure for an experienced cosmetic dentist.  In most cases either a simple gum lift or gum recontouring will deliver the desired results, while in other cases a gum lift is used, in conjunction with dental veneers, to make the patient’s teeth appear longer.  In a gum lift the dentist removes part of the gum tissue using a laser, while still leaving an appropriate amount of tissue to support the patient’s teeth.

The amount of tissue to be removed varies from patient to patient and also depends on the gum structure of the individual patient as well. If the gum lift results do not completely eliminate the “gummy” smile, the dentist will also recommend that the patient receive dental veneers, which are placed on the main teeth found in the patient’s smile.  This complements the gum lift, by lengthening the patient’s front teeth, further reducing the appearance of a “gummy” smile.  One thing is for sure; the results of the procedures are dramatic!

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



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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