Smiling Brighter With Gum Recontouring

When you think about ways to improve your smile, you might think of teeth whitening, dental veneers, or some other cosmetic procedure. You might not think about your gums. But they are just as much of your smile as your teeth, and their appearance greatly influences how a smile looks. Gum recontouring can help give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Gum recontouring, also known as crown lengthening or gingivectomy, is a process of shaping gums and removing excess material. Due to a variety of factors, some people have high gum lines. This creates what is called a “gummy smile,” where one’s teeth look shorter and smaller than they really are. Gum recontouring can reverse this and give you a more normal smile. During your procedure, Dr. Amandeep S Gill will use a state-of-the-art laser tool that helps ensure a painless experience. You will be back to normal in no time.

While a valuable cosmetic treatment, gum recontouring is also used to help facilitate other procedures. For example, if one’s gums are too high, a replacement crown may be difficult or impossible to attach properly. They can also interfere with treating a fracture on the root of a tooth, and even with braces.

If you want to improve your smile, you might benefit from working on your gums. If you would like to learn more about gum recontouring, as well as the other cosmetic dental procedures we offer at Gill Family Dentistry, please call our Modesto, [st], office today.

What is Crown Lengthening?

There needs to be enough tooth enamel available above the gum line for your dentist to place a crown or a large filling. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough available for the crown to be properly seated and cemented into place.

When this happens, your dentist might recommend that you receive a crown-lengthening treatment. This is an outpatient surgery performed by a periodontist. Before the procedure, they will need to take X-rays to determine the extensity of the treatment.

In most cases, you can remain awake during the appointment and your periodontist will simply numb the area with a local anesthetic.

Sometimes the periodontist will only need to remove a small amount of gum tissue. In other cases, he may need to take additional soft tissue or bone from the area to expose enough enamel to mount the crown.

After the procedure, you will most likely be given a prescription for painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication. While the gum tissue is healing, you will need to stick to a diet of soft foods. Tobacco use can also irritate the gum tissues, causing them to take longer to heal or potentially causing infection.

Your periodontist will usually schedule a follow-up appointment for a week or so later when the stitches will be removed.

If you have any questions about a crown-lengthening procedure, please feel free to call us at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment.