When you think of improving your smile, your first thought is probably to make changes to your teeth, but for some people the real problem is the gums. If the tissue is too large or uneven, your smile could end up looking gummy, and your teeth might appear shorter than they should. Luckily, at Jacksonville Dental Specialists, we can use a lesser-known treatment called gum recontouring to take care of the problem at its source. Wondering whether this treatment is right for you? Contact our practice today and schedule a consultation so that we can get started on bringing you the better grin you’ve always wanted
Gum recontouring – also sometimes referred to as gum reshaping, gingivectomy, or a “gum lift” – is a procedure for getting rid of excessive or uneven soft gum tissue to improve the appearance of your pearly whites. We’ll discuss the exact height and shape you’d like for your gums, and the procedure can be done over the course of a single visit.
If you have a “gummy” smile – that is, there’s too much gum visible when you open your mouth, or your teeth look disproportionately short – then you might benefit from gum recontouring. The best candidates will be in good oral or overall health. Dr. Nawrocki and Dr. Aguila can examine the state of your mouth and take your history into account before weighing all the different options for treatment. If we decide gum recontouring is right for you, we’ll help you plan ahead for the treatment.
There are two different ways of performing a gum recontouring procedure. The first is the traditional method that uses scalpels and sutures, which works well for particularly healthy patients. However, if you have had gum disease in the pasts, suffer from a compromised immune system or have other health concerns, soft tissue laser therapy might be the better option. Not only is the laser less invasive, but it’ll also help seal the tissue so that there’s less bleeding; this helps speed up recovery time and decreases the risk of the wound becoming infected afterwards. We’ll help you select the procedure that works best for your unique situation.
As far as the procedure itself is concerned, crown lengthening is more or less the same as gum recontouring; however, the purpose of crown lengthening is very different. If you have a tooth that needs to receive a restoration (such as a crown or a porcelain veneer), a certain amount of structure is needed to support it. If the gums are covering up too much of the tooth, performing a crown lengthening will help make the procedure possible. Like with gum recontouring, crown lengthening can be done with a traditional scalpel or a soft tissue laser depending on your needs.