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Gum Recontouring – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Upgrading Your Smile’s Proportions

When you look at your smile in the mirror, do you like what you see? Many people describe their smile as “too gummy” or that their teeth are “too short.” For years, this was a problem that you simply had to live with. Now, thanks to modern dentistry, Dr. Eric L. Townsend and Dr. Kristopher R. Harth can use a soft tissue laser to recontour your gums and give you a beautiful smile. Keep reading to learn more about this process and whether or not you’re a candidate. 

What is Gum Recontouring?

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Gum recontouring is a procedure for patients who feel the proportions of their gums and teeth are off. This cosmetic treatment is used to improve the appearance of smiles that are too “gummy” or have uneven soft tissue, giving you the results that you’re looking for.

Should I Consider Gum Recontouring?

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Do your teeth look stubby or too short? Or, maybe your gums look uneven on one side compared to the other? You may be a great candidate for gum recontouring. Patients can typically receive this treatment if they have relatively good oral health and no preexisting gum issues. The best way to know whether or not this treatment is right for you is to contact us today. We will carefully examine your mouth to see if you could benefit from gum recontouring.

What is the Gum Recontouring Process?

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Eliminating the need for sutures and stitches, we use a soft tissue laser for gum recontouring. This solution is much less invasive than more traditional methods, and it’s also a more conservative option for patients who have had a history with gum disease or other oral health issues. This small and precise laser seals your gums as it works, preventing bleeding and infection. This comfortable treatment is used to expose more of your teeth, allowing for a more proportionate smile.

Is Crown Lengthening the Same as Gum Recontouring?

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Crown lengthening is similar to gum recontouring. Besides the name, its main difference is the reason why we use this treatment. We perform crown lengthening before the placement of a crown, bridge, veneer, or other restoration. This can successfully expose more of your natural tooth structure, allowing for a better placement of your restoration. Crown lengthening makes receiving a dental restoration possible even when not enough adequate tooth structure is exposed initially.