The soft tissue (gum) is the frame for beautiful teeth. If the soft tissue frame is not shaped properly or covers too much of the teeth you will not have the beautiful smile you want.
A few common conditions that detract from the teeth are:
Soft tissue contouring allows the doctor to reshape the soft tissue with a special laser in 1 visit. The procedure is virtually painless with no after affects. Soft tissue gum contouring is also often utilized during porcelain veneer or crown preparations. It is important both aesthetically and functionally during these procedures.
The end result of gum contouring is longer, slender more beautiful teeth.
Cosmetic crown lengthening involves the soft tissue (gums) and hard tissue (bone) around the teeth. Crown lengthing (gum lift) is often used to improve the aesthetics of an extensively “gummy smile” where teeth appear too short. The procedure involves removing excess gum and contouring the bone tissue so that more of the natural tooth is exposed. Crown lengthening can be done to one tooth, to even the gum line, or to several teeth to expose additional tooth structure and broaden the smile.
Crown lengthening may also be recommended prior to a cosmetic or restorative dental procedure. It can have not only aesthetic benefits but also functionally improve the restoration. If a tooth is decayed or broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure to support a restoration, such as a crown or veneer, crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored properly.
Tooth re-contouring involves removing small amounts of tooth enamel to correct for minor imperfections. The procedure can be used to improve the appearance of the teeth in the smile zone. By smoothing out the jagged edges of the teeth, due to small chips, or adjusting the shape of the front teeth we can improve the aesthetics of your smile. Re-contouring can also be used to shorten a tooth or teeth that appear too long in relation the adjoining teeth.
Re-contouring is an extremely conservative cosmetic treatment. It does not affect the pulp of the tooth, so in many cases an anesthetic is not usually needed.
Tooth re-contouring is not an option if major imperfections exist. To correct for major imperfections Porcelain Veneers or Bonding may be the solution.