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Gum Recontouring

Gum Recontouring – Studio City, CA

Create the Perfect Frame for Your Smile

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Do your teeth look unusually short? Do you have excess gum tissue or an uneven gumline? You might be a candidate for gum recontouring, a cosmetic procedure that aims to create the perfect frame for your smile. Here at Studio City Dental Arts, Dr. Shahrestany uses a soft tissue laser to make this treatment as precise and comfortable as possible. Read this page to learn more about gum recontouring, and then call us when you are ready to book an appointment.

What Is Gum Recontouring?

womans smile before and after gum recontouring

Gum recontouring may also be called gum contouring or gingivoplasty. In some cases, it might be referred to as crown lengthening or gingivectomy, but those are slightly different procedures that are often more restorative than they are cosmetic. Gum recontouring, on the other hand, is primarily focused on helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals.

During the procedure, Dr. Shahrestany uses a soft tissue laser to precisely trim the gum tissue. As a result, the gumline is more even and the teeth look longer. This procedure can greatly enhance the overall proportions of a smile. Depending on the extent of the treatment, it may take place across one or more appointments.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Gum Recontouring?

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You might be a candidate for gum recontouring if:

  • You have a gummy smile. This may be true of you if more than a few millimeters of gum tissue are visible when you smile. (In some cases, a gummy smile is present because the upper lip lifts up too far. Gum recontouring is not a way to address that issue. Rather, it is meant only to address the presence of extra gum tissue.)
  • Your gumline is uneven. If some of your teeth look unusually long or short, gum recontouring might be able to help.
  • Your gums are healthy. Usually, cosmetic treatments are reserved for patients with good oral health. If your gums and teeth are not yet healthy, our team can perform restorative treatments so you can enjoy optimum oral function and a confident smile.
  • You want to prepare for other cosmetic treatments. In some cases, gum recontouring is strongly recommended before the placement of veneers or cosmetic dental bonding.

Benefits of Gum Recontouring

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Some noteworthy benefits of gum recontouring include:

  • The procedure is surprisingly comfortable. The soft tissue laser that Dr. Shahrestany uses contributes to comfortable treatment and fast recovery.
  • The procedure is precise. Soft tissue lasers are extremely precise, so you can be confident that we will remove only as much tissue as is necessary.
  • The results are permanent. Most patients enjoy lifelong results after gum recontouring.
  • Your oral hygiene might improve. Some patients find that after gum recontouring, they are less likely to get debris stuck in their gum tissue. They may also experience less irritation in their gums.
  • You may enjoy improved confidence. Enhancing the proportions of your smile may help you feel more confident and outgoing in social situations.