Are more than a few millimeters of your gum tissue visible when you smile? A “gummy smile” can make your teeth look disproportionately short or stubby. If you suffer from this problem, we invite you to come in for a cosmetic consultation. You may be a candidate for either gum recontouring or crown lengthening. These minimally invasive procedures are designed to help you achieve the ideal frame for your teeth!
Gum recontouring and crown lengthening in Cambridge are often thought to be the same procedure. However, there is a slight difference between the two. During a gum recontouring treatment, we carefully trim away excess gum tissue to reveal more of the dental structure underneath, thereby helping your teeth to appear longer. Crown lengthening also involves trimming the gums, but it may additionally involve some slight modification to the bone that holds the teeth in place.
While gum recontouring and crown lengthening both have outstanding aesthetic benefits, they may also be used for restorative purposes. For example, it might be necessary to modify the gums in order to make room on the teeth for a dental crown.
Our team will be happy to assess your oral health and answer your questions about gum treatment. Together, we can decide if either gum recontouring or crown lengthening is right for you. In general, candidates for cosmetic gum treatment:
We usually use local anesthesia (and sedation if necessary) to promote patient comfort during their gum treatment. Once you are ready, your cosmetic dentist gets to work on carefully reshaping your gum tissue. The process typically takes 1 – 2 hours, but the timeframe can vary from case to case. After your appointment, some soreness and tenderness are normal. We will give you detailed post-op instructions to help you care for your mouth while it heals.
Some of the most noteworthy benefits of gum recontouring and crown lengthening include:
Would you like to learn more about cosmetic gum procedures? The Fresh Pond Dental team is ready to help you achieve a stunning smile!