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Houston dentist Dr. John Krell

Crown Lengthening/Gum Contouring – Houston, TX

Achieve a Beautiful Gum Line

Besides your teeth, your gums are equally important for a beautiful smile. Too much, uneven, or damaged gum tissue can leave your teeth looking disproportionate. As a result, your smile may look less than perfect. Dr. John H. Krell can create a harmonious balance with gum contouring in Houston. Dr. Krell uses a soft tissue laser to precisely sculpt your gum line to give you a flawless smile.

How Does Crown Lengthening Work?

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After an initial consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Houston, Dr. Krell creates a customized treatment plan. He evaluates your gum line and takes the time to discuss the results you want to achieve. He’ll help you reach your cosmetic goals using the latest advancements in dentistry.

The laser uses a highly concentrated beam of light energy to remove excess tissue to expose more of your teeth’s surfaces. This can eliminate a gummy smile by making your teeth appear larger. It can also improve the shape of the gum line if it has been damaged by infection or injury.

The soft tissue laser allows Dr. Krell to pinpoint a treatment area to remove or sculpt your gum line. When compared to the traditional method using a scalpel, the laser provides more accurate results. It also makes the procedure less invasive. In fact, you may not even need anesthesia.

As the laser removes the tissue, it kills 99% of bacteria. This reduces your risk of infection for a faster and complication-free recovery. The laser also cauterizes while it cuts to reduce the risk of bleeding. Overall, it stimulates your gum tissue to allow it to heal quickly.

What Can I Expect with the Recovery?

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Immediately after your procedure, it is normal for the tissue to be a bit sore. You may even see some swelling or bruising. Enjoying cool snacks can help reduce the swelling and ease any discomfort. Dr. Krell will give you important aftercare instructions to follow while you heal, such as how to maintain your oral hygiene and what foods to avoid. Your gum tissue should be healed in about 2 weeks.

What are the Benefits of Crown Lengthening?

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You can use gum contouring to resolve several concerns about your appearance, such as correcting a gummy smile or repairing damage caused by gum disease. Overall, you will enjoy:

  • Smile Transformation: Improving the gum line is an important step in a smile makeover because it provides noticeable results.
  • Improved Precision: The soft tissue laser allows Dr. Krell to carefully target the treatment area while leaving the surrounding tissue untouched. This creates more precise results to achieve the change you want.
  • Improved Oral Health: Excessive gum tissue doesn’t just enhance the appearance of your smile. It also improves your oral health by reducing the risk of pockets forming that can lead to gum disease.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are ready to say good-bye to your gummy smile, your cosmetic dentist can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for gum contouring.