Reframe Your Smile with Gum Contouring
Gum contouring is typically performed as a cosmetic procedure intended to enhance a smile affected by a low or uneven gum line. Ideally, the gums should be smooth and symmetrical in order to provide a complementary frame for your teeth. Undergoing a gum reshaping procedure at Dr. Paul Archacki’s Boynton Beach, FL, office can allow you to confidently enter every room with a smile.
Who Can Benefit from Gum Contouring?
Also known as crown lengthening, a gum contouring procedure is ideal for patients with a “gummy smile.” When you have excess gum tissue or an uneven gum line, it can make your teeth look short or crooked, even if they are perfectly aligned. During a contouring treatment, Dr. Archacki can reshape the gum line to reveal your teeth's crowns and reduce the quantity of gum tissue that appears when you smile.
The Gum Reshaping Procedure
Before beginning, Dr. Archacki will explain the procedure in detail to you and mark a new gum line to give you a sense of what to expect after the treatment. He may apply a local anesthetic for your comfort. Then he can trim excess tissue and sculpt your gum line to provide a more aesthetic result. Generally, we can complete the entire crown lengthening treatment in a single office visit.
Recovery and Aftercare
Your gums will be slightly sore and swollen after a gum contouring procedure. Discomfort should be minimal and last about a week or so. Patients typically manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever. While it is important to maintain a good dental hygiene routine, be gentle while brushing and flossing until your gums have fully healed to avoid irritating the sensitive tissue.
If you are self-conscious about a gummy smile and looking for a way to enhance your appearance, gum contouring may be right for you.
We also recommend eating soft, cool foods and avoiding anything spicy for the first few days after surgery. If pain persists or you experience excessive swelling or bleeding, please contact our office so we can ensure no complications have developed.
Restorative Crown Lengthening
In some cases, Dr. Archacki may recommend a gum contouring procedure for patients suffering from the effects of decay, tooth loss, gingival infection, or periodontal disease. When receding gums leave teeth vulnerable, pockets can form around the gum line. These areas between the teeth provide space for bacteria to accumulate.
Gum reshaping can remove pockets and seal the tissue to help prevent more extensive issues in the future. In these cases, gum contouring will likely be combined as part of a larger periodontal treatment plan. You may require additional procedures, such as a tissue graft, to restore the gums to an optimal level of health.
Enhance Your Smile
If you are self-conscious about a gummy smile and looking for a way to enhance your appearance, a gum contouring procedure by Dr. Archacki can help. Our team provides many forms of cosmetic dentistry and can combine a crown lengthening treatment with other procedures for a full smile makeover. To find out more about transforming your smile, contact our office using our simple online form or call us at (561) 736-1177 and schedule a consultation.
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