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Even Gums (Gum Contouring)

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.

Is Laser Gum Reshaping Right for Me?

While a dominating gumline does not present any medical or oral health concerns, obvious disproportion between the teeth and gums can cause embarrassment or self-consciousness. Excess gum tissue can often make the teeth look short or aged, which is why individuals with a “gummy” smile may consider laser treatment to balance their gumline. In general, you may benefit from gum reshaping if you:

  • Have good oral health with no signs of gum disease
  • Hide your smile due to self-consciousness about revealing your gumline
  • Want to improve your gum-to-teeth ratio
  • Would like a more symmetrical smile

Our gentle laser system doesn’t require any oral surgery or general anesthesia, so a broad range of patients can likely be good candidates for treatment. Our dental team would be happy to evaluate your teeth and gums to determine whether laser treatment can help reduce your gumline.

How Can Laser Technology Reinvent My Smile?

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.

Does Laser Gum Recontouring Require Any Aftercare?

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.

Are There Alternatives to Laser Gum Recontouring?

Laser gum reshaping can provide beautiful results, but it may not be the best treatment for every patient’s concerns. In some cases, the gums may appear dominant — but actually be of normal proportion — due to the size of the teeth. If your teeth appear short or small, porcelain veneers can be another minimally invasive solution to improve symmetry in the smile. A veneer is a thin, yet durable shell bonded over the front of a tooth to hide dental imperfections, including gaps, misalignments, stains, and wear and tear. They can also restore the proportions of a fuller, healthier tooth to achieve a more balanced smile. During a consultation, our knowledgeable team can help you determine whether your goals would be better fulfilled with gum contouring or porcelain veneers.

If you would like to learn more about gum contouring?

Please contact Scripps Center for Dental Care to schedule an appointment today.

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