Gum reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry treatment designed to improve the overall look of a person’s teeth and gums. Its purpose is to make a patient’s smile less gummy and more naturally radiant. By reshaping your gumline, Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer can recontour the appearance of your teeth and remove unnecessary, overlapping gum tissue. Gum reshaping is a relatively painless treatment, and Dr. Lohner will work with you to gain a clearer understanding of your desires for your smile. Call Lexington Heights Dental today if you want to learn more about gum reshaping in Cedar Hills, Utah.

An In-Depth Look at the Procedure

Gum reshaping is a cosmetic surgery also known by the names gingivectomy and crown lengthening. Gingivectomy means removal of the gingiva (the gumline) and crown lengthening refers to the tooth crown (the visible part of the tooth), which looks longer after the gingiva is removed. Gum reshaping accomplishes both of these actions, sculpting and removing gum tissue to expose more of your healthy tooth structure.

We begin this procedure by numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic so you feel comfortable during treatment. Our team then carefully removes small amounts of the gum tissue framing your teeth. A dental laser is the ideal tool for this part of the procedure because it can reduce discomfort, bleeding and swelling. It is important for you to practice excellent oral hygiene after we complete this service so you can heal well. We may prescribe a medicated rinse for you to use as well as pain relievers.

Reasons for Gum Reshaping

If the reason you hide your smile is due to the appearance of your gum tissue, then gum reshaping may be right for you. This procedure can improve the aesthetics of your smile and the health of your mouth. Some of the reasons we perform gum reshaping include:

  • Short teeth
  • Bulky, excess gum tissue
  • Uneven gumline
  • Gum tissue infected by periodontal disease
  • Dental work that needs completion under the gumline

Contact Us About Gum Reshaping

You can gain an even, beautiful gumline to frame your pearly whites when you visit our practice for gum reshaping. Call us today if you would like to learn more about this cosmetic procedure and schedule a consultation with our team if you want to benefit from it. We are happy to serve patients from throughout the nearby areas, including American Fork, Lehi, Alpine and Highland, Utah.