A “gummy” smile occurs when excessive gum tissue wraps too much of the tooth and creates an unbalanced tooth-to-gum ratio. A gingivectomy restructures the gingival tissue around the teeth in a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing manner. Also, Dr. Adelpour might suggest this procedure to access underlying areas of the tooth that suffer from decay.
Originally, gingivectomies started as a way to treat a common side effect of gum disease (gum overgrowth). But today, it’s a highly coveted cosmetic dentistry treatment known as esthetic crown lengthening. Essentially, they are similar procedures, except that the intention differs:
Did you type “gingivectomy near me” in your search bar? Well, here are a few signs that might point to gum contouring:
A gingivectomy takes between half and a full hour. Minor operations only require one appointment, while major gingivectomy treatments might require multiple visits so that Dr. Adelpour can work in sections and ensure that the healing process runs smoothly. Typically, the total treatment time reflects the amount of gum tissue that must be removed.
The following is how a gingivectomy (or crown lengthening) procedure works:
One advantage of laser gum surgery is that there’s virtually no recovery time. While you might feel slightly irritated once the numbing agents wear off, that’s about it. Because lasers simultaneously remove and cauterize the surgical site, you don’t have to worry much about inflammation or edema (the top two culprits for discomfort during traditional gingivectomy recovery).
Whether you have a gummy or nonuniform smile because of gum disease or genes, it might be worth scheduling a laser gum surgery consultation with your dentist. The BLVD Dental Aesthetics team is here to guide you through this process and to help you achieve your best-looking smile possible. Call 310-620-8060 or virtually schedule an appointment.