Excess gum tissue can seriously compromise the appearance of your smile. At Family Dentistry of Windsor, we offer gum contouring treatments to eliminate small amounts of excess gum tissue and achieve an appearance of symmetry and health. Dr. Stephen D. Lipman uses the advanced Waterlase® iPlus laser for an effective and virtually painless treatment. At our dental practice in Windsor, CT, we provide a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services tailored to your needs. We can design a personalized smile makeover plan that includes gum reshaping for dramatic results.
Who Can Benefit from Gum Contouring?
Also known as crown lengthening, a gum contouring procedure can benefit patients who have a "gummy" smile. Excess gum tissue can make your teeth look worn or underdeveloped, even if they are perfectly healthy.
Often, gum contouring is recommended as a complement to porcelain veneers. By refining the gumline, the veneers can achieve a more natural and flattering look.
For patients with a receding gum line, Dr. Lipman may recommend using the Waterlase tool to counter the effects of decay, gingival infection, or periodontal disease. When your gums recede, pockets can form between the teeth, which can harbor bacteria. This treatment can protect your long-term periodontal health by eliminating pockets and sealing the gum tissue against the tooth.
A gum contouring procedure by Dr. Lipman can give you a smile that helps you feel confident and attractive.
The Reshaping Procedure
During your consultation, Dr. Lipman can discuss the procedure with you at length, taking all the time necessary to understand your goals and answer all of your questions. Based on this information, he will determine how much tissue should be removed and how the gum line will be reshaped. If you decide to proceed with treatment, he will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure your comfort.
Using the iPlus laser, he will gently trim and contour excess gum tissue. The laser seals the tissue as it incises, which minimizes bleeding and greatly reduces the risk of infection or other complications. Using a laser instead of a scalpel also eliminates the need for sutures and fosters a much faster recovery time.
Gum contouring can make your smile look healthier and more symmetrical.
After Your Treatment
After a gum contouring treatment, we recommend eating soft, cool foods and avoiding anything spicy for the first few days. While it is important to maintain a consistent oral health routine, be sure to be gentle while brushing or flossing until your gums have completely healed. You may experience minor swelling, bleeding, or discomfort over the first few weeks. Typically, patients can manage any pain with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Enhance Your Smile
The team at Family Dentistry of Windsor, PC believes everyone deserves to experience the many benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. A gum contouring procedure by Dr. Lipman can give you a smile that helps you feel confident and attractive. To learn more about crown lengthening or our other cosmetic dentistry services, call our office at (860) 688-4634 or contact us online.