There are many elements that combine to make a great smile. Among the most important of these are the shape and size of the teeth, especially in proportion to the mouth and gums. For patients with particularly “gummy smiles,” their teeth may appear short or irregularly shaped. Fortunately, there is a solution. Through gum contouring, our cosmetic dentist can reposition the gum line to reveal more of the teeth. By incorporating our advanced laser dentistry technology, we can ensure beautiful results that lend itself to a completely natural-looking smile. The results of gum contouring are permanent, so patients need never worry about having excess gum tissue affecting their smiles again.
If you are self-conscious about having a gummy smile or an uneven gum line, we invite you to explore the possibilities of gum contouring at our office. Simply contact Scripps Center for Dental Care today to schedule a consultation with a member of our esteemed team of dental specialists.
Gum contouring, also known as gingival contouring, involves the use of a laser to sculpt a patient’s gum line into a more visually pleasing shape. The use of advanced laser technology is essential to producing the best possible results. Not only does a dental laser allow our dentists to sculpt the gum line with greater precision than was possible in the past, but it also makes the procedure far more comfortable for patients. The laser is remarkably gentle; it removes soft tissue while causing little to no bleeding or discomfort. When the procedure is complete, patients experience far faster healing than was required by more invasive, non-laser methods of gum contouring. In short, laser dentistry makes the entire process more pleasurable from beginning to end.
There are very few risks associated with laser gum contouring, and the benefits are substantial. Fortunately, patients of our practice have the opportunity to preview their smile design via our digital imaging system before they commit to a treatment plan.
Your cosmetic dentist will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions so you know what to expect after your treatment. Gum reshaping uses a contactless dental laser to reduce tissue in the gumline, automatically sealing any blood vessels to prevent excessive bleeding. There are no sutures, incisions, scalpels, or surgery during treatment, therefore only a brief period of downtime is necessary after gum reshaping. You can drive yourself home following your appointment since only local anesthesia (a numbing agent) is utilized. Most patients are able to resume their normal routines immediately, but swelling, tenderness, soreness, or sensitivity in the gums is common. These minor symptoms gradually subside as the gums heal within approximately 7 to 10 days.
Please contact Scripps Center for Dental Care to schedule an appointment today.