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Gum Recontouring and Crown Lengthening – Fort Worth, TX

Achieve a More Proportionate Smile

When you smile at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see gorgeous teeth, or do you mostly see your gums? If the latter is the case, you have what many refer to as a “gummy smile.” Or, perhaps you notice that your gum tissue is uneven and detracts from the symmetrical, attractive look that you would like to have. In either case, gum recontouring in Fort Worth may be able to improve your mouth’s appearance and give you the gorgeous, well-proportionated smile that you’ve always wanted.

What Gum Recontouring and Crown Lengthening Accomplish

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During the gum recontouring process, Dr. Pointer gently removes excess gum tissue. The result is that the teeth look longer, and less gum tissue will be visible when you smile.

Most of the time, the gum recontouring process is purely for cosmetic purposes. However, a similar procedure, crown lengthening, may sometimes be necessary for your oral health. By removing a bit of gum tissue, Dr. Pointer can make it easier for you to receive a crown or other restoration.

Advantages of Gum Recontouring with a Soft Tissue Laser

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Rather than using traditional surgical techniques, Dr. Pointer uses the Solea laser during gum recontouring procedures. This has several advantages:

  • The laser makes the procedure as minimally invasive as possible. It thus reduces recovery time and increases patient comfort.
  • The laser is precise, which helps Dr. Pointer ensure that you get the results you want.
  • Because the laser sanitizes and cauterizes it goes, there is minimal blood loss and a low risk of complications.
  • As a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, Dr. Pointer is well-qualified to use the Solea laser to his patients’ greatest advantage.

Do You Need Gum Recontouring?

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Many people do not even think about their gums when they’re considering their smile’s aesthetics. However, if more than 3 – 5mm of gum tissue is visible when you grin, you may be able to benefit from gum recontouring. Remember, your gums are part of your smile’s frame; they shouldn’t interfere with the main picture — your lovely teeth.

You might also benefit from this procedure if:

  • Your gums appear uneven. Genetics, certain medications, and oral health conditions may contribute to an odd-looking gum line.
  • Your teeth look too short. Sometimes, your teeth may look too short even if a lot of gum tissue doesn’t show when you smile. Gum recontouring may be able to help in such instances. In other cases, though, stubby-looking teeth are unrelated to the gums. Excess wear and tear or genetics may make your teeth shorter than what is ideal. In such cases, porcelain veneers or other cosmetic treatments may be more appropriate than gum recontouring.

The best way to find out if gum recontouring or crown lengthening is appropriate for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pointer, your skilled cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth. After examining your mouth and discussing your smile goals with you, he’ll design a custom treatment plan that will help you achieve the gorgeous, well-proportioned grin that you’re aiming for.