Laser Gum Recontouring
Do your gums make your teeth look too short? Is there too much pink showing when you smile? Are your gums uneven, causing your teeth to look asymmetrical when you grin?
Excessive or uneven gum tissue can hide a full, beautiful smile. Dr. Singer corrects gummy smiles with minimally invasive laser gum recontouring (also sometimes called gum reshaping or a laser gum lift). He uses a soft tissue laser to gently, precisely, and comfortably remove excess gum tissue and sculpt the gum line to reveal a larger tooth surface. This creates a bigger, more attractive smile.
Many patients concern themselves with their teeth and expect to have a great smile as long as they get veneers or implants. But the amount of gum tissue that shows when you grin is also an important consideration and can affect the beauty of your smile.
Correction of a gummy smile is usually a cosmetic issue, but sometimes, a gummy smile is a symptom of problems with the bite and other issues with the teeth and mouth. Due to Dr. Singer‘s holistic approach to dentistry, he will evaluate your mouth thoroughly and take a full medical history to determine if there are any health issues associated with the excess gum tissue that need to be addressed.
The Laser Gum Recontouring Procedure
By using a laser instead of a scalpel, Dr. Singer has made the gum recontouring procedure much less invasive compared to traditional surgical techniques, eliminating the need for injectable anesthesia in some cases. Additionally, you are less likely to need stitches following laser surgery.
The laser uses gentle heat to carefully cut away the excess gum tissue while simultaneously cauterizing (sealing) the tissue so that there is little bleeding and a reduced chance of infection.
The precision of the laser allows Dr. Singer to remove only the excess gum tissue with less impact on the surrounding tissues.
This advanced procedure takes little time in our office at DC Smiles, and healing is fast, especially compared to traditional gum surgery.
Fast Recovery From Laser Gum Recontouring
No downtime is required after laser gum recontouring. Your gums will probably be a little sore and swollen for about a week, but most of our patients report that the discomfort is minor. You can still eat and drink, although we will suggest that you avoid certain foods for a short time that could irritate the sensitive gum tissue as it heals. These will include spicy foods or foods that have seeds that could get stuck between your teeth. Soft foods will be most comfortable.
Many patients do not feel the need to take pain medication, but if you do, we can recommend over-the-counter pain relievers. As after most dental work treatments, take care to be gentle when you floss and brush your teeth.