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Gum Recontouring – San Antonio, TX

Getting Rid of the “Gummy” Smile

If you’re unhappy with your smile, it may not be because of your teeth. A gummy smile in San Antonio can be equally as embarrassing to some people, often resulting in tight-lipped smiles when around others. Fortunately, at San Pedro Smiles, our dental professionals can offer a quick and safe solution that will have you beaming from ear to ear – gum recontouring. Using a soft tissue laser, Dr. Gonzalez can deliver the results you want in less time. If you’re ready to get started, contact us to schedule an appointment.

What is Gum Recontouring/Crown Lengthening?

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Gum recontouring, which is a term that is often used interchangeably with crown lengthening is a cosmetic and restorative procedure that removes unnecessary gum tissue to uncover healthy tooth enamel. This process can be used to reshape or sculpt your gum line to offer a more pleasant, asymmetrical look, or it can aid in the process of placing a new dental crown or restoration over a particular tooth. 

Who is a Good Candidate?

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To determine if gum recontouring is right for you, it will be necessary to have your dentist in San Antonio evaluate your smile and examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure. However, if you exhibit any of the following, you may be a prime candidate:

What is the Process?

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The entire process of gum recontouring takes very little time. This may be surprising, but the reason it can be performed quickly while remaining safe and effective is because of the advanced technology used to perform the procedure. Dr. Gonzalez will use a soft tissue laser, which is a revolutionary hand-held tool designed to swiftly remove unnecessary tissue with little to no bleeding.

Whatever the reason for your gum recontouring procedure, he will begin by administering local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable. Then he will carefully remove the tissue, sculpting your gum line along the way, creating a more pleasing look and revealing healthy tooth structures that were once hidden.

The laser immediately cauterizes the tissue, resulting in little bleeding and a faster healing time once the procedure is complete.

When you return home, you’ll need to make sure you continue to practice good oral hygiene. Until your gums are fully healed, make sure you are extra gentle while brushing and flossing. You may experience some minor swelling or discomfort afterward, but an over-the-counter pain reliever can help. Also, it’s best to consume soft foods and liquids for the first few days after surgery.