Minimal-discomfort Gum Contouring for a More Symmetrical Smile
Your teeth are not the only feature that can affect the aesthetics of your smile. Your gums play a significant role in your appearance, since they serve as a frame for your teeth. If you have too much gum tissue, or if your gum line is uneven, you may be a candidate for gum contouring at our Chicago, IL, practice. During gum contouring, Dr. Scott A. Emalfarb will gently sculpt your gum line for an attractive, balanced smile. At Lake View Dental Associates, we use advanced laser technology to perform this procedure with reduced discomfort.
Are You a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
If you have too much gum tissue, it can cover your teeth. As a result, your smile may look stunted, and could have an aged or childlike appearance. In other cases, your gum line could be uneven. Though teeth are correctly aligned, jagged gums may look as though you have significant orthodontic issues.
If you suffer from either a “gummy smile” or uneven gums, you may be a good candidate for laser gum contouring. To qualify for treatment, you should have generally good dental health. If you currently suffer from gum disease, you may not be able to undergo gum contouring. However, after appropriate periodontal care, Dr. Emalfarb may be able to proceed with cosmetic treatment.
The Procedure Details: Laser Gum Contouring
Prior to your laser gum contouring treatment, we will first numb your gums. Most patients do not require additional medication or sedation, but we can administer nitrous oxide in certain cases. Dr. Emalfarb will then reshape your gums with a diode laser. We are conservative, and will always remove the smallest amount of tissue possible. The entire treatment should take a matter of minutes.
There will be no need for stitches, and your recovery will be brief. You will not have any downtime, and can immediately return to your daily activities.
Recovery from laser gum contouring is fairly simple. You may experience gum sensitivity, or sore or swollen gums, immediately following your treatment, which can last up to one week. Any discomfort should be minimal, and should not interfere with your daily activities. Patients should be cautious over the next few weeks, however, and stick to softer foods, and avoid spicy or seeded foods. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth, but gently.
For more comprehensive results, many patients choose to combine gum contouring with an additional cosmetic dentistry procedure. Gum contouring and porcelain veneers are one of the most popular combinations. During your consultation, Dr. Emalfarb will discuss the possibility of a smile makeover with you, and help you decide if it might suit you.
The Benefits of Laser Technology
In the past, dentists performed gum contouring using manual excision techniques. Laser technology offers many benefits over these older, surgical methods. First, the laser tools are very accurate. Therefore, we can remove a small, precise amount of tissue, creating a beautifully sculpted gum line.
The laser will seal your blood vessels during treatment, resulting in minimal discomfort and virtually no bleeding. Finally, there will be no need for stitches, and your recovery will be brief. You will not have any downtime, and can immediately return to daily activities.
Refine Your Gum Line Today
This minor procedure can make a major difference in the overall look of your smile. Contact Lake View Dental Associates today to schedule a cosmetic consultation and find out if gum contouring is right for you.