Gum Recontouring & Crown Lengthening

Jacksonville, FL

For some individuals, a “gummy” smile is enough to say “no” to any photo opportunity. While your friends are busy laughing and playing on the beach, taking goofy photos as a reminder of the fun and eventful day, you’re sitting in your lounge chair watching it unfold in front of you. It doesn’t have to be this way thanks to Jacksonville Complete Dentistry. 

Our dentists offer crown lengthening/gum recontouring in Jacksonville, FL for patients looking to get rid of unwanted tissue that is causing problems with the appearance of their smile. If this sounds like a procedure you want to learn more about, feel free to contact our knowledgeable dentistry team to schedule an appointment today.

What Is Gum Recontouring?

Do your teeth appear uneven? Maybe they look short, and it is because your gums appear to have taken over your smile. If the reason for your dissatisfaction with your smile is this excess tissue, gum recontouring can give you a clean, even, and more beautiful smile in no time at all.

Should I Consider Gum Recontouring?

When it comes to choosing a method of effective cosmetic dentistry that’s right for you, it is best to let the professionals examine your smile and generate a treatment plan. After discussing your oral and overall health, as well as your individual goals and the status of your teeth and gums, we may suggest gum recontouring if:

  • You have excessive gum tissue that is keeping you from enjoying your smile. Reshaping the gum area can provide length for what looks to be “short” and stubby teeth.
  • You need restorative treatment: Should our doctors determine there is a problem existing underneath the gum line, it may be necessary to perform gum recontouring to expose the tooth and treat it accordingly.

What Is The Process?

Depending on your oral and overall health, this procedure can be performed using traditional scalpels and sutures or with the help of a soft tissue laser. Gum recontouring with laser therapy is a much less invasive option that reduces healing and recovery times. The quickness of the laser makes it a more comfortable experience for patients.

Is Crown Lengthening The Same As Gum Recontouring?

As we mentioned earlier, gum recontouring may be necessary if you need restorative treatment. This is where the two procedures, gum recontouring and crown lengthening, are different. While gum recontouring reshapes the tissue and reveals more of the tooth structure, crown lengthening reshapes the tissue and bone, which helps to place necessary restorations on the teeth.

Benefits Of Gum Recontouring & Crown Lengthening

Enhanced Aesthetics & Confidence

Gum recontouring and crown lengthening can dramatically transform your smile, making your teeth look more proportionate and visually appealing. This not only boosts your aesthetic appearance but also your confidence. No more hiding behind others in photos; instead, you’ll be able to flash your beautiful smile with pride.

Improved Oral Health

Excess gum tissue can harbor bacteria and increase the risk of periodontal diseases. By removing this tissue, gum recontouring can help improve the health of your gums and teeth. Similarly, crown lengthening can be crucial in treating dental decay or damage that exists below the gum line, thereby preventing further oral health issues.

Preparation For Further Dental Work

Sometimes, additional dental work, such as the placement of crowns or bridges, requires more of the tooth’s structure to be exposed. Crown lengthening can provide the necessary tooth exposure, making it easier for your dentist to complete restorative work effectively and ensuring that the results last longer.

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