If you want to enhance and rejuvenate your smile, your teeth might not be the only consideration. Your gums also play a huge role in your appearance. If you have uneven gums, it can make your smile look crooked or unhealthy. Additionally, if you have excess gum tissue, it can obscure your teeth, making them appear short or stunted. Dr. Gary Herskovits can perform gum contouring at his Brooklyn, New York, practice to correct these issues. Using precise techniques, he can sculpt and reshape your gum line to give you a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile. Although it is a relatively conservative treatment, gum contouring can have a dramatic impact on your appearance and self-confidence.
Are You a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
In most cases, Dr. Herskovits will perform gum contouring for cosmetic purposes. This treatment can be an effective way to address a crooked or irregular gum line, as well as a “gummy smile.” However, in other instances, he may recommend this treatment for restorative reasons. For example, if you have a damaged tooth that has broken off near the gum line, he may perform a crown lengthening procedure. By removing excess gum tissue, he can expose more of your tooth's crown and make room for a custom-made dental crown.
The Gum Contouring Procedure
Before proceeding with the gum contouring procedure, Dr. Herskovits will carefully plan your treatment. At your consultation, you will discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals, and he will determine how much tissue to remove. In some cases, Dr. Herskovits may even draw on your gums, so you can see where your new gum line will fall.
Although gum contouring can achieve dramatic results on its own, patients often choose to combine the procedure with porcelain veneers for even more dramatic effects.
To begin, the dentist will completely numb your gums and then remove a very small layer of tissue. Though he takes a conservative approach, the treatment can achieve dramatic results. Dr. Herskovits might also recommend combining the procedure with another cosmetic treatment for even more comprehensive effects. For example, gum contouring and porcelain veneers are a popular combination.
Recovery and Results
Gum contouring typically involves a brief recovery. You may experience some minor irritation, redness, and swelling but these effects will usually last just a few days. During this time, you will be instructed to eat a soft diet. You should also avoid spicy foods and foods with small pieces, such as nuts and seeds. Generally, a non-prescription pain medication, such as ibuprofen, will be sufficient to alleviate any discomfort.
You may notice the results of your gum contouring procedure immediately after treatment and they will become even more apparent as swelling subsides. Afterwards, you can expect to enjoy a much bigger and more proportionate smile. If you are undergoing gum contouring for restorative reasons, Dr. Herskovits will be able to place your crown or other restoration, enabling you to enjoy full dental function and improved oral health.
Refine Your Smile
You can learn more about your candidacy for gum contouring and how it can enhance your smile during a consultation. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Herskovits.