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Montgomery County Periodontal Associates

Laser Gum Contouring for Small Teeth

Before and after crown lengtheningIf you have a gummy smile, it can make you feel self-conscious about speaking, laughing, and smiling, even around people you have known for years. This can also have a negative effect on your career if your job involves a lot of public interaction. Thankfully there are many ways that this can be treated. One option available at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates is a cosmetic contouring treatment for the gums known as crown lengthening.

Dr. Miles A. Mason has helped numerous patients thanks to modern gum contouring and crown lengthening techniques. The team t our dental office in The Woodlands, TX would like to cover the basics of this procedure.

Causes of Small Teeth

Small teeth may be caused by a variety of issues. The most common causes include:

  • Prominent Gums - When the gumline is extremely prominent, your gum tissue may be more visible to other than your teeth.
  • Tooth Misalignment - Crooked teeth, gaps, and asymmetry could make your teeth appear smaller than they really are.
  • Naturally Small Teeth - Sometimes genetics means a person has smaller teeth than what is considered normal. Genetic factors can also affect the prominence of gum tissue.

What Is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a cosmetic procedure in which a dentist, prosthodontist, or oral surgeon removes a little bit of gum tissue. This reveals more of the tooth’s crown, making it appear longer and more prominent. It’s a little bit like cuffing your jeans or rolling up your sleeves.

Today, soft tissue lasers are often used to remove gum tissue and reveal more of the underlying tooth structure.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry for Gum Contouring

Laser gum contouring treatments offer numerous benefits over the use of scalpels and traditional oral surgery tools. These benefits include:

  • Cauterizes While Making Cuts - Soft tissue lasers cauterize soft tissue while making cuts, meaning the wound is closed by the laser energy rather than leaving the incision completely open.
  • Reduced Blood Loss - Since the incision is cauterized while it’s being made, that means patients experience less blood loss during the procedure.
  • Lower Infection Risk - Reducing the blood loss and exposure of an incision/wound means that there is a much lower risk of surgical infection and post-op infection.
  • Less Patient Discomfort - Thanks to the ease of laser gum contouring, patients typically only require local anesthetic and no need for sedation. Patients also experience less pain after the procedure.
  • Faster Recovery Times - On top of all the advantages above, laser gum contouring patients have rapid healing times that involve few if any sutures or stitches. No time off from work, and little interruption in normal routines.

The Results of Gum Contouring

Thanks to crown lengthening treatment, patients can eliminate the problems associated with prominent gums. The smile is more appealing, and patients experience less self-consciousness as well. The outcomes of crown lengthening are quite natural looking.

Is Crown Lengthening Right for Me?

Crown lengthening may be right for you, though some patients may benefit from orthodontic care or cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers instead. We can discuss all of your treatment options in greater detail during a consultation at our practice.

Learn More About Crown Lengthening

For more information about improving the appearance of your teeth and gums through the latest dental care techniques, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative periodontal dentistry practice. You can reach our office in The Woodlands at (281) 363-2009 and our office in Conroe at (936) 756-1669.

Tagged In: Crown Lengthening, Gum Contouring, Laser Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry

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Dr. Mason and his staff have been fantastic.  Dr. Mason has performed periodontal surgery on me twice and always made himself available for after hours care and questions.  The surgical results turned out well and working with his staff has always been a nice experience. 

-Brandon G.
The Woodlands, TX