What is Gum Contouring?
Gum tissue that covers a large portion of your teeth or extends below the lip line can result in a “gummy” smile. Even if you have straight and healthy teeth, excess soft tissue can make your smile appear unbalanced and uneven.
With the introduction of dental laser technology, our dentists now have the ability to sculpt the shape of your smile in a matter of minutes. Using a dental laser, our dentists can trim and cauterize your gums simultaneously, delivering accurate, efficient results. Using this innovative method, patients experience less bleeding, reduced recovery time, and an overall more comfortable experience.
Is Gum Contouring Right for You?
During your consultation, our team at Crawford Leishman Dental will review your medical history and your cosmetic goals. After evaluating your smile, we will discuss your treatment options and design a customized plan. You may be a candidate for gum contouring if you:
- Have good oral health with no signs of gum disease
- Are unhappy with the appearance of your smile
- Have an asymmetrical smile due to an uneven gum line
- Have excess gum tissue, causing a “gummy” smile
If you decide to proceed with this cosmetic treatment, we will walk you through the basic steps of the procedure from preparation to aftercare for optimal results.
What to Expect During Treatment
Before your procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Your dentist will then use a dental laser to trim excess gum tissue and seal the remaining tissue securely against the base of your teeth. As these processes happen simultaneously, you should experience less discomfort during and after your procedure. In addition, this method results in less bleeding, reducing your risk of developing an infection.
The overall procedure can be completed in under an hour. Most patients experience a full recovery in about a week. During this healing period, we recommend that you maintain a soft foods diet and avoid eating food that could irritate your gums, such as nuts, chips, and spicy foods.
In comparison to the traditional scalpel treatment, dental lasers are less invasive and help to provide patients with a more comfortable experience.
It is not uncommon to experience some swelling and redness for the first few days. A simple over-the-counter pain medication can help minimize any discomfort. Throughout recovery, it is important to maintain healthy hygiene habits, but you should be gentle when brushing and flossing so as not to disrupt healing.
Benefits of Gum Contouring
Compared to conventional methods, laser gum contouring provides patients with many benefits, including:
- A quick procedure
- Permanent results
- Faster healing
- Less bleeding
- Increased precision
- Reduced risk of infection
- Enhanced confidence
With significant experience performing gum contouring procedures, our dentists can help you achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Reshape Your Smile
Gum contouring can transform your appearance and help you feel more confident about your smile. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile due to an uneven gum line and excess gum tissue, contact our office online or call us at (801) 225-5888 to schedule your gum contouring consultation in Vineyard, UT with Dr. Crawford or Dr. Leishman.