Sculpt a More Beautiful Smile with Laser Gum Contouring
A low or uneven gum line can make your teeth appear crooked or shorter than they actually are. Fortunately, laser gum contouring offers an opportunity to sculpt a more symmetrical and aesthetic gum line. Dr. John Fatse and Dr. John Scovic perform cosmetic gum contouring using an advanced dental laser at our Monroe, CT, practice. This technique reduces the amount of discomfort involved in the procedure and allows you to recover more quickly. Our doctors can perform gum contouring as a stand-alone treatment or as part of a larger smile makeover plan.
Is Gum Reshaping Right for Me?
Gum contouring is a good choice for patients with healthy teeth and gums who are dissatisfied with their gum line. The best way to find out if a laser gum reshaping treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fatse or Dr. Scovic.
A low or uneven gum line can cause:
- Teeth that appear crooked
- Teeth that look shorter than they are
- A “gummy” smile
We generally do not recommend a laser contouring procedure to patients whose gums have receded due to periodontal disease.
As with any cosmetic treatment, it is important to address any oral health concerns before undergoing gum reshaping. We offer a range of general and restorative dental procedures to improve the health of your smile before reshaping your gum line.
What to Expect during Treatment
Laser gum contouring can dramatically enhance your smile in a single office visit. Before beginning, we will numb the area with local anesthesia. Then Dr. Fatse or Dr. Scovic may draw a line to mark your new gum line, allowing you to visualize your expected results.
The laser cauterizes as it works, reducing the risk of infection.
When you are ready to begin, your doctor will use the dental laser to carefully remove excess tissue. The laser cauterizes as it works, reducing the risk of infection.
Caring for Your Gums
It is generally a good idea to rest and limit your activities for the remainder of the day after gum surgery. While it may take a few days or weeks for your gums to fully heal, most patients return to their normal lives quickly after laser gum contouring.
As your gums heal, you should:
- Eat soft, cool foods, such as yogurt and soft vegetables
- Avoid spicy foods and anything with seeds
- Maintain good dental hygiene
- Be gentle with the treated areas while brushing and flossing
Most patients are able to manage any discomfort using over-the-counter medications. Our team can give you more specific instructions for recovery and aftercare during your appointment.
The Benefits of Laser Treatment
At our practice, we have invested in an advanced dental laser because it provides a range of benefits for our patients. Gum contouring with a laser is:
- More comfortable
- More precise
- Less invasive
The dental laser minimizes bleeding and kills bacteria as it works, reducing your risk of infection after treatment. Because this approach does not require sutures, your overall recovery time will be shorter, allowing you to enjoy the results of your treatment more quickly.
Learn More about Gum Contouring
If a low or uneven gum line is detracting from the beauty of your smile, laser gum contouring may be the answer. To find out more about this procedure or one of your other cosmetic options, call (203) 268-5051 or contact us online today.