Are more than a few millimeters of gum tissue visible when you smile? This issue, commonly referred to as a “gummy smile,” can make your teeth appear disproportionately short and stubby. Fortunately, it is usually easy to fix via gummy smile correction in East Hartford, also known as gum recontouring. If you are interested in improving your facial aesthetics via this minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, contact Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut today.
Gum recontouring may also be called gum contouring, gingivoplasty, or crown lengthening (technically, crown lengthening is a slightly different procedure, but it achieves similar results). During the treatment, we use a soft tissue laser to trim away excess gum tissue, thereby revealing more of the underlying tooth structure. This makes the teeth appear larger and results in a more proportionate smile.
Gum recontouring is often used primarily for cosmetic purposes. It helps patients to achieve the look they desire. It may even be used in conjunction with other aesthetic procedures. For example, removing excess gum tissue may make it possible for you to receive veneers or metal-free restorations.
Gum recontouring can also be used as part of a restorative treatment plan. In patients with gum disease, it is sometimes necessary to remove damaged tissue so the remaining portion of the gums can properly heal.
Some of the most outstanding benefits of gum recontouring include:
After your dentist in East Hartford evaluates your gums, we can provide you with an estimate for the cost of your treatment. The total price will depend on how much gum tissue we are removing, whether we use sedation and/or anesthesia, and other factors.
Dental insurance is unlikely to cover gum recontouring if the procedure is intended purely to enhance your smile’s appearance. However, if it is deemed necessary for your oral health (for example, if you have gum disease or we need to make room on your tooth for a restorative crown), your policy might cover a portion of its cost. Our team will be pleased to help you navigate your benefits.