Gingival/Gum recontouring is a procedure where the margin of your gum line is adjusted against the tooth or teeth in order to maintain or improve the health of your smile. This is done when the gum tissues interfere with placement of a filling, a crown or are the cause aesthetic /cosmetic concerns. There are different reasons that call for gum recontouring.
Cosmetic Gum Recontouring
Do you feel your teeth look “short”? Do you feel you have a “gummy” smile, where all you can see is your gums when you smile? Do you have a “lopsided smile” where one tooth looks smaller than the others because the gumline is lower?
Significant results can be achieved by simply recontouring the shape and length of your gums. This procedure can help your smile look fuller, brighter and healthier.
Therapeutic Gum Recontouring
Oftentimes referred to as “crown lengthening”, this procedure is done when we need to shorten the height of your gums for health purposes.
If you have a tooth that needs a crown but is significantly worn down (where there’s not much visible surface left,) the gumline has to be lowered or reduced to expose more of the tooth so the crown can be fitted on to the tooth without affecting the health of the gum. This type of crown lengthening is for restorative purposes, to save a tooth from being extracted or from chronic gum pain and inflammation if the crown margin impinges on the gum.
If you have chronic gum disease, you may need gum recontouring procedure called “pocket reduction.” This procedure is done to reduce the depth of the gum pocket produced by bone loss around your teeth, where plaque biofilm and tartar accumulate. By reducing the depth of your periodontal pocket, the area is easier to clean with floss, thus reducing your chances of tooth loss.
Gum recontouring using soft-tissue laser technology provides minimally invasive treatments that is fast and practically pain free. A little numbing gel may be all that is necessary. Very rarely do the area needs to be numbed with local anesthetic. The healing time is also reduced when a laser is used to perform the procedure because there is no need for sutures or bandages, enabling a fast return to normal activities.
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