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Gummy Smile Correction – The Woodlands, TX

Create the Perfect Frame for Your Smile

Many people are plagued by gum recession, which makes the teeth look too long — but the opposite problem is also common. If you have excess or uneven gum tissue, your teeth might appear disproportionately short or stubby, contributing to what is commonly known as a “gummy smile.” Fortunately, our team can help. We can help create the perfect frame for your smile using our minimally invasive gum recontouring procedure.

Why Choose Solomon Dental Group for Gummy Smile Correction?

  • Soft Tissue Laser for Precise, Comfortable Treatment
  • Team with Decades of Experience
  • Personalized, Compassionate Care

What Is Gum Recontouring?

Beautiful smile after gummy smile correction in The Woodlands

Gum recontouring is also known as gum contouring or gingivoplasty. During the procedure, we carefully remove excess gum tissue. As a result, the teeth appear longer, and the smile takes on more proportionate aesthetics. Depending on your needs, you can have the gums trimmed near one tooth, a few teeth, or across all of your teeth.

Should I Consider Gum Recontouring?

Illustration of laser being used for gum recontouring procedure

Gum recontouring might be ideal for you if:

  • More than a few millimeters of gum tissue are visible when you smile. Even subtly reshaping your gumline may dramatically improve your facial aesthetics. However, keep in mind that not all cases of gummy smiles are due to excess gum tissue. An upper lip that retracts too far is a separate issue that affects some people.
  • You require other procedures. It might be necessary to remove a bit of gum tissue to make room on the teeth for veneers or crowns.
  • You suffer from periodontal disease. Some patients must have damaged gum tissue removed before they can fully recover from periodontal disease.

What Is the Process?

Woman’s smile before and after gum contouring treatment

During your appointment, the first thing we will do is see to your comfort. We use a soft tissue laser for the procedure, so you should feel little to nothing while our team is working. The laser even cauterizes as it moves, which means you won’t have to worry about a lot of bleeding. You probably won’t even need sutures.

Following your procedure, you might have to temporarily adhere to some dietary restrictions. For example, avoiding crunchy, hot, and spicy foods would be wise in order to protect your treated gums.

Are Crown Lengthening and Gum Recontouring the Same Thing?

Woman using mirror to admire results of gum recontouring

Both crown lengthening and gum recontouring reshape the gumline. Some people believe the procedures are exactly the same, but there are a few key differences:

  • The term “crown lengthening” is used more often when the procedure is part of a restorative treatment plan, while “gum recontouring” is largely classed as a cosmetic procedure.
  • Gum recontouring only affects the gum tissue. However, when some practices speak of crown lengthening, they are talking about a procedure that removes some gum tissue and slightly alters the bone that holds a tooth in place.

Are you ready to say goodbye to your gummy smile? Contact our team today. As your cosmetic dentist in The Woodlands, we are ready to help you achieve your dream look.