When it comes to aesthetics, your gums should be a subtle frame for your teeth; they should not call a lot of attention to themselves. But what if you have a “gummy smile,” that is, you have more than a few millimeters of gum tissue visible when you smile? Dr. Tolliver and our team are ready to help patients with a procedure known as gum recontouring. Read on below to learn how this cosmetic service can help you say so long to your gummy smile.
The gum recontouring procedure can properly be referred to by a few different names, such as gum contouring or a gingivectomy. Whatever you call it, it is a minimally invasive surgery that trims excess or uneven gum tissue in order to expose more of the dentition underneath. The result is a more even, more subtle gumline that highlights the beauty of your teeth.
Gum recontouring can be an excellent choice for many patients. It may be suitable for you if you have:
The process for gum recontouring is fairly straightforward. First, we numb the mouth with local anesthesia. Then, Dr. Tolliver uses a soft tissue laser to trim the gum tissue. Because the laser cauterizes as it works, you can expect very little bleeding, though a degree of postoperative soreness is to be expected.
Gum recontouring may require one or more appointments; it depends on the extent of your procedure. During your consultation, we will be able to give you a realistic preview of your treatment process.
It depends on whom you ask. Some professionals use the two terms interchangeably, though they may be more likely to refer to it as crown lengthening when its purpose is to make room on a tooth for a restoration.
In other cases, crown lengthening may be viewed differently from gum recontouring. It may refer to a procedure wherein both the gums and the underlying jawbone are modified, whereas gum recontouring is exclusively for gum tissue.