Gum contouring surgery, also known as laser gum reshaping, can be performed for both cosmetic enhancement purposes, as well as for the treatment of oral health conditions. Due to a number of factors such as genetics or health problems, some individuals develop gums that grow either too high or too low against the surface of their teeth. Gum contouring eliminates this problem, allowing patients to feel confident as a result of their healthy, attractive smile.
Why Choose a Gum Reshaping Procedure?
The ideal candidate for laser gum reshaping is an individual whose teeth appear smaller due to an overgrowth of gum tissue that covers a large portion of their teeth, or a patient whose teeth look elongated as a result of receding gums.
Because problems with gum tissue could possibly point to a serious condition such as periodontal disease, skilled dentists who are experienced in this form of treatment will assess your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy. After determining whether or not gum contouring surgery is the correct form of treatment, you dentist will begin sculpting the gums in order to create a natural shape that enhances your smile.
How Laser Gum Contouring Works
Our expert dentists perform gum contouring surgery with the use of a laser that trims away excess gum tissue, making the teeth appear proportionate. The procedure can often be performed within a single appointment, with visible results. Although slight discomfort may occur, many patients experience little to no pain. In cases where a patient has suffered gum tissue recession as a result of periodontal disease, they may undergo other restorative procedures before having their gums contoured. Gum shaping procedures include pocket reduction, which prevents bacteria from forming and causing further damage to teeth that have been affected by periodontal disease.
Gum Contouring Surgery and At-Home Care
Gum contouring recovery time can range anywhere from days to weeks. The recovery process can move along more smoothly if you consider these tips when caring for your sensitive gums post-treatment. Below is a list of suggestions for properly caring for your gums after undergoing gum reshaping surgery:
- Consume soft foods
- Gently clean teeth and gums with a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Use non-aspirin pain relievers
- Do not eat spicy foods or those containing seeds
Considering a gum reshaping procedure? Contact our skilled team of dentists by phone at (678) 306-6000, or by submitting this form, where you can request an appointment to discuss available treatment options for your gum reshaping needs.