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Gum Contouring

Cosmetic Gum Contouring

Cosmetic gum contouring is a dental procedure that Dr. Dennison can perform to even out, lengthen, or shorten your gum line. This can be for either cosmetic or restorative purposes. This process is sometimes referred to as crown-lengthening, shaping or tissue sculpting.

Sometimes patients find that their front teeth may be even across the biting edge of the teeth, but are uneven along the gumline. This can give the teeth the appearance of being crooked. Your gums can be too low or high for a variety of reasons, some genetic, some due to medications or periodontal disease. Dr. Dennison, along with his team at University Periodontal Associates can help. He is able to either shorten or lengthen the gum as needed in office.

Gum conturing is also done when a natural tooth structure is too short to provide the base needed for a dental crown. If the patient has a deep cavity, Dr. Dennison will frequently need to place a crown and build up the gum area to restore the tooth. This process is called crown-lengthening. This is the process of shortening the gum in order to expose more of the tooth, allowing Dr. Dennison to better attach a dental crown. Crown-lengthening improves the prognosis for the tooth because it is adding stability for the crown. This process generally involves removing and then contouring the bone area around the tooth. Please note, that not every tooth requiring a crown also needs crown-lengthening, Dr. Dennison will discuss with you when it is necessary, generally with deep cavities or when cracks are present.

Crown Lengthening
Crown Lengthening Procedure

We recommend Cosmetic Gum Contouring when:

•  We are trying to keep a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed
•  The patient is having problems brushing away debris due to the bulkiness of the gum at the base of the teeth, making the gum easier to clean
•  The patient would like a more even appearance of their gum line.
•  We believe it would help a restoration last longer.

What is the process for Cosmetic Gum Contouring?

After devising a plan, Dr. Dennison will begin with completely numbing the area that will be worked on. He will then being to work with any excess gum and bone tissue that needs to be reshaped in order to expose more of the natural tooth. Following the procedure, Dr. Dennison will then proceed with placing a functional and now longer lasting crown if needed.

As always, we recommend proper brushing and flossing to ensure the maximum life of your new crown.

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University Periodontal Associates
3100 Richmond Ave Suite 509
Houston, TX 77098

Phone (832) 975-0990


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