Gum Recontouring as Periodontal Procedure in Midtown, NYC
Gum recontouring is often considered to be a cosmetic periodontal surgical procedure as most of the time it isn’t medically necessary. Most people choose to have this procedure in our Midtown Manhattan, NYC office in order to help improve the appearance of their smile, but sometimes gum recontouring can be used as part of a larger treatment plan that may include necessary periodontal procedures designed to reduce gum pockets and to regenerate lost gum tissue, or in conjunction with crown lengthening.
When carried out as a cosmetic dental procedure, gum contouring for gummy smile. This is where too much gum tissue is shown when smiling and talking. Your smile line or the teeth you show when you smile, can be influenced by several different factors which include:
- The shape and size of your lips
- Lip movement
- Facial muscles
- Gum tissue development
- The shape and size of your teeth
Your teeth aren’t necessarily too short, but are simply covered up by an excess of gum tissue, creating a gummy looking smile. Sometimes this can affect most of the front teeth, but other times only a few teeth may need treatment. Gum recontouring can help correct an otherwise uneven gum line so it creates a more harmonious appearance, enabling the gums to beautifully frame the teeth. Ideally, you shouldn’t show very much gum tissue at all when smiling.
What Is the Procedure for Gum Recontouring?
Gum recontouring can often be carried out using our laser to remove excess gum tissue, although larger amounts of gum may need to be cut away. We will identify how much gum tissue needs to be removed, to lengthen the teeth and to provide a more symmetrical gum line. Sometimes it might be best to remove a small amount of bone form the front of the tooth roots to give the best results.
We use local anaesthetic to numb the area but any discomfort should be minor, especially with laser gum surgery. Treatment is very fast, and the laser automatically seals any small blood vessels so there is virtually no bleeding during or after treatment. The use of a dental laser also helps to keep swelling to a minimum, and reduces the risk of any infection.
Once treatment is completed we will provide you with comprehensive instructions on how to care for your gums as they heal, including advice on how to keep the area clean, and the type of foods to eat during the first few days. It is best to stick to soft, cool foods and to avoid anything especially spicy, or any seeds that could get stuck in your gums.