Gum Recontouring Candidates

Houston Cosmetic Dentist Serving Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Pearland, & Nearby Areas of Texas

Gum recontouring, also called a gum lift, is an effective way to reshape the gum line and give your smile a more natural appearance. If you are unhappy with how your gums look, recontouring may be right for you – if you're a good candidate for the procedure.

To find out if gum recontouring might work for you, please contact Dr. Ronald Konig today at 713-668-2289 to schedule your consultation.

What Is Gum Recontouring?

During the gum lift, Dr. Konig uses a sophisticated dental laser to painlessly vaporize excessive gum tissue. Unlike older methods, which rely on invasive techniques using a scalpel, laser gum recontouring is fast and comfortable. While some tenderness is normal in the days following the procedure, patients who receive laser recontouring are pleased to discover that recovery is quick and straightforward.

What Does Gum Recontouring Treat?

Gum recontouring helps patients rediscover their beautiful smiles and feel more self-confident. It can be used to reshape the gums and therefore can treat any condition caused by excess gum tissue. Some of the most commonly treated conditions include:

  • Gums that make the teeth appear too short
  • Excessive gum tissue that creates the appearance of a "gummy" smile
  • Uneven gum line

In some cases, Dr. Konig may recommend combining gum recontouring with other treatments like crowns to achieve the look you desire.

Am I a Good Candidate for Gum Recontouring?

Gum recontouring is safe and effective, and there are few disqualifying conditions. If your teeth and gums are in generally good health, and you maintain good oral hygiene, then you can probably receive the procedure. Patients who are good candidates for gum recontouring typically want to modify one or more of the following:

  • Smiles that appear "gummy" and distract from the teeth
  • Teeth that appear smaller than they are because they're covered up by excess gum tissue
  • Gums that appear uneven or out of proportion

Some patients with periodontal disease are also good candidates when used in conjunction with other procedures like dental crowns and porcelain veneers.

Teeth may get most of the attention, but your gums are equally important pieces of your smile. If the appearance of your gums leaves you feeling self-conscious, it's time to find out if gum recontouring is right for you.

To learn more about your Houston gum recontouring options, please contact Dr. Ronald Konig today at 713-668-2289 to arrange an appointment.