Cosmetic Gum Contouring
Excessive gum tissue can cause your teeth to look stubby and give your smile a “gummy” look. There is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can recontour your gums and reveal more of your tooth structure. This procedure is called a gum lift, or gingivectomy. The gingivectomy removes excess gum tissue and makes your teeth look longer and can improve your smile.
The gingivectomy is a simple procedure. Gum tissue can be removed by a soft tissue laser called electrosurge or it can be removed by traditional surgery methods. After thoroughly examining your teeth and gums, your dentist will advise you on your options and recommend the option that will produce the best results.
Aesthetic Crown Lengthening Procedure
When there is excessive gum tissue, your teeth may look short even though they may be the proper length. Removing the excess tissue seems to lengthen the teeth, although the procedure is just revealing the true length of the teeth. A gingivectomy contours the gums so that your smile shows the true beauty of your teeth.
Anesthetic is applied in the area to be contoured. When the area is numb, the excess gum tissue is cut or burned away. Stitches may not be required for this procedure. During the procedure, you may feel some pressure, but you should not feel any pain. After the procedure is completed, you may feel some discomfort once the anesthesia wears off. Your mouth may be sore for a day or two, but over-the-counter pain relievers should provide relief.
You will be given instructions for home care which should be followed to prevent infection. Your dentist may request a follow-up appointment about two weeks after treatment to monitor the healing process.
If your smile shows more gum tissue than teeth, you may want to consider gum recontouring. This procedure can greatly enhance the appearance of your smile. Contact Smiles in Malibu today, and schedule an appointment to find out more about this procedure and other dental treatments to improve your smile.