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Gum Contouring, Laser Gum Reduction

A gummy smile is where your gums overshadow your teeth when you smile. It’s fairly common. But most people don’t realize they can do something about it. Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure to alter your gum line. But laser gum contouring has medical uses too. If your Downtown NYC dentist needs to access more of a specific tooth or certain teeth, this procedure is a minimally invasive method. Regardless of the reason you need to get gum contouring, make sure you call on a dentist like Dr. Alex Shalman, who practices both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call his boutique dentistry office in Lower Manhattan for the best gum contouring anywhere.

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a procedure that your Downtown Manhattan cosmetic dentist performs to remove excess gum tissue that’s covering your teeth. Too much gum tissue gives you the appearance of having teeth that are too small. A gummy smile, as the condition is often called, may be caused by:

  • Genetics
  • Certain medications
  • Poor oral hygiene, including not brushing enough
  • Gum disease
  • I have always been in the dental industry, and what I mainly cared about was having healthy teeth and gums. I always ate well, exercised and took great care of myself, and when I saw Dr. Shalman’s other work it occurred to me that it was the right time to have my own Smile Makeover. Now I love my smile and get compliments on it all the time!

    Ella Kotler

If you’re struggling with gum tissue overgrowth or an uneven gum line, you may not like your smile. You may feel your teeth look too small, too square or not prominent enough. Contouring, or reducing, the gums to reveal more of your teeth can improve your smile. But gum contouring also has medical uses. Dr. Alex Shalman performs gum reduction or contouring for any reason in his Downtown NYC boutique dentistry practice.

Gum contouring

Why Do I Need Gum Contouring?

If you’re looking to improve your smile and self-confidence, consider gum contouring surgery for reasons that include:

  • The process is a quick dental procedure that usually only takes about an hour.
  • It’s the least invasive way to fix overgrown gums.
  • You experience almost no recovery time.
  • The laser seals the tissue as it cuts, so no stitches are necessary.
  • The seal from the laser means the tissue won’t grow back.
  • Laser gum contouring leaves you with a natural-looking smile.

Gum contouring isn’t just to make your smile more attractive; there are distinct health advantages to the procedure, as well. Excess soft tissue in your mouth can become an entryway for bacteria to enter your body. This is one of the primary reasons dentists urge you to brush twice a day and floss once a day: to keep your mouth clean and reduce the risk of bacteria build-up. If you have more gum tissue than usual, bacteria build up in the folds and crevices, where your floss and toothbrush can’t reach. To keep your teeth, gums and whole body healthy, Dr. Shalman may recommend gum contouring. As an added benefit, your teeth and smile look better when more of your teeth show. This is similar to a crown lengthening procedure, but crown lengthening is usually done to prepare for a second dental procedure, such as to make room for a dental crown over a tooth that’s compromised.

How Is the Gum Contouring Process Done?

Typically, Dr. Shalman uses a laser tool in his Downtown NYC office to perform gum contouring. Dental-grade lasers are precise and safe, especially when handled by an expert cosmetic dentist. The light and heat of the laser seal off the tissues, so bleeding is kept to a minimum. With local anesthesia, you don’t feel any pain. Gum contouring isn’t just a cosmetic procedure. A family dentist like Dr. Shalman sometimes does it as well. Your dentist uses a soft tissue laser for gum contouring surgery, as it allows him the flexibility to:

  • Shape the gum tissue to even out your gum line
  • Remove gum tissue to make way for a crown or other follow-up procedures
  • Correct any damage done by periodontal disease
  • Address receding gums
  • Remove any pockets of tissue that may be hiding bacteria
  • Find areas in your mouth that may need a gum graft

Where Can I Get Gum Contouring Done?

Dr. Shalman’s boutique dentistry practice in Lower Manhattan serves the West Village, East Village and Chelsea neighborhoods. He may suggest gum reduction during one of your regular check-ups and do it then. He may also opt to perform other surgical procedures at the same time, due to the non-invasive nature of gum reduction. Gum contouring may be classified as either a medical or a cosmetic process, depending on why you’re having the procedure. If you want the process to reveal more of your teeth as part of a smile makeover, it’s considered a cosmetic procedure that your insurance may not cover. If your dentist recommends the procedure to fix a broken tooth or a seriously decayed tooth, it’s a medical procedure.

Most people find that the more their teeth are exposed, the healthier their teeth are and the greater self-confidence they feel through an improved smile. Make an appointment today with your cosmetic dentist. Dr. Shalman’s boutique dentistry practice can handle all your oral health and cosmetic dentistry needs.

This page was published on Jan 31, 2021, modified on Dec 2, 2021 by Dr. Alex Shalman (Dentist) of Shalman Dentistry

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44 W 10th St #1A
New York, NY 10011
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DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ CAREFULLYThis website's purpose is to provide general dentistry information. None of the details given is intended to be taken as authoritative dental advice. It's important to speak with a dentist in NYC about your problems, as it may be a symptom of a serious underline condition. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, a detailed oral examination should always be performed. Make an appointment with your nearest healthcare provider or call our Lower Manhattan practice to set up a consultation.

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