Cosmetic Gum Contouring in Mission Viejo
Expert Treatment for Uneven Gumlines and Gummy Smiles
Gums that cover too much of your teeth or an uneven gumline can cause your smile to be unattractive and in some cases can affect your oral health. When the crowns of your teeth are covered by excess gum tissue, it can make your teeth look too small and you appear to have what is called a “gummy smile.” Uneven gumlines surrounding your teeth make the smile lack symmetry.
Dr. Setya, Dr. Hirst, and Dr. Bergman are experts at lengthening the crowns of your teeth to fix a gummy smile and recontouring your gumline to give your smile a natural and aesthetic appearance.
Minimally invasive techniques
Dr. Setya, Dr. Hirst, and Dr. Bergman use a dental laser or microsurgery instruments for much of the cosmetic gum treatment. The laser gently cuts gum and other soft tissues and the incisions heal far faster than those made with standard surgical instruments. Micro-instruments are minimally invasive surgical devices that can zero-in on very small areas, making the procedures affect far less tissue.
When possible, the doctor will reposition the gumline around the tooth without having to cut it away. Using special instruments, he gently detaches the gums from the tooth and roots and repositions the gums around the tooth in a better position. This prevents possible gum recession from occurring as a result of cutting away tissue.
Correcting a gummy smile
Gummy smiles can be both a cosmetic concern and a potential health problem. A tooth with too much gum covering it cannot always be completely cleaned, and is harder to treat if it develops decay or fractures.
To correct a “gummy smile,” the doctor gently removes the excess gum and bone tissue covering the teeth, and removes excess gum tissue distant from the gumline as necessary to bring the gum tissue down to the proper thickness. He then re-sculpts the gumline around each tooth to the right shape.
The teeth will then be the right size in the mouth and the smile will look attractive and totally natural. The teeth will also be much easier to clean thoroughly once excessive gum tissue is removed.
Reshaping an uneven gumline
Your teeth can be white, healthy and straight, but an uneven gumline around your teeth can still reduce the beauty of your smile. The doctor can correct this by gently recontouring the gumline around your teeth. Your smile will then be enhanced as the gums will be symmetrical and will be their proper size and shape around the teeth.
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