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Gum Contouring NYC

Gum Contouring NYC

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john koutsoyiannis, dds

Gum Reshaping Treatments

Gum contouring in NYC, which is also known as gingivoplasty or gingivectomy, is a gum treatment that involves reshaping the gum tissue around certain teeth. Gum contouring is performed to correct a dental complication or as a cosmetic procedure. With continuing advancements in the fields of dental surgery, gum contouring has become a minimally invasive procedure with less downtime than traditional methods. NYC periodontists offer gum contouring and laser gum surgery to reshape the gumline and achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

WHAT IS GUM CONTOURING?

Gum reshaping with gum contouring is a minor surgery performed to reshape your healthy gum tissue. A periodontist may also perform gum contouring surgery if he or she needs to remove diseased gum tissue for dental health reasons. If your gums are uneven or if they cover too much or too little of your teeth, gum contouring surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure.

Some of the most common concerns treated with laser gum surgery include a gummy smile, asymmetrical gums, cleft gums, and enlarged gums.

LASER GUM SURGERY CAN TREAT
GUMMY SMILE
Excess Gum Tissue Covers Your Teeth, Making Them Appear Shorter Than They Are.
ASYMMETRICAL GUMS
Asymmetrical Gums Can Result In An Uneven-Looking Smile. Uneven Gums May Be Genetic Or Can Be Caused By Damage From Previous Dental Procedures.
CLEFT GUMS
In Some Instances, Cleft Gums Are A Congenital Condition. A Disease Known As Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis May Also Lead To Cleft Gums.
ENLARGED GUMS
Typically, Enlarged Gums Are Caused By Improper Brushing Or Flossing, A Change In Medications, Hormonal Changes, Chemotherapy, Gum Disease, The Use Of Tobacco, Or Irritation Caused By The Dental Products You Use. Swollen Gums That Cover Up Much Of Your Teeth May Also Be A Sign Of A Dangerous Infection.

WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR GUM CONTOURING?

Ideal candidates for laser gum surgery are patients looking to improve a gummy smile, asymmetrical gums, cleft gums, or enlarged gums. Proper dental health is necessary to be a candidate for gum reshaping surgery. A periodontist may need to treat structural damage to a tooth or area if present, before performing gum contouring surgery. Once any underlying health conditions have been treated, a periodontist can help determine if you are a candidate for gum contouring surgery.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY GUM CONTOURING TREATMENT?

To begin your gum contouring treatment, local anesthesia will be applied to numb the area being treated. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, excess gum tissue at the base of your teeth will be removed, typically using laser technology. Gum contouring may be performed on several teeth or, in more extensive cases, the whole smile. The main goal of gum reshaping surgery is to expose more of the hidden tooth structure to enhance the size, shape, and appearance of the teeth. Gum contouring surgery can create a more balanced smile. Gum contouring surgery is usually performed in less than an hour, but the length of a gum contouring treatment will depend on your specific needs.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY GUM CONTOURING TREATMENT?

Following gum contouring surgery, it is typically recommended to take it easy and rest the remainder of the day. Sensitivity and discomfort around the gums are normal and should quickly dissipate within a few days. In the majority of cases, an over-the-counter pain medication can be used to improve any discomfort or pain. A modified diet of softer foods will need to be followed until the gums have fully healed. It is important to avoid overly hot or cold, spicy, hard, or crunchy foods while your gums heal. The periodontist will provide you with detailed instructions following gum contouring surgery.

BENEFITS OF GUM CONTOURING
Reshapes Gum Tissue For A Beautiful Smile
Lessens The Chance Of Developing Gum Disease
Corrects A Gummy Smile & Uneven Gums
Treats Enlarged Or Cleft Gums
Provides Natural-Looking Results

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT GUM CONTOURING IN NYC?

Dr. John Koutsoyiannis and the staff at Sohosmile® would be happy to discuss gum contouring in NYC with you. To learn more, please call our office at 212.334.7330 or request an appointment online.

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