Laser Gum Contouring Procedure: Creating an Attractive Frame for Your Teeth

May 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM — by Lauren Shanard

Williston Laser Gum ContouringTeeth are the center of attention in a smile, but the gums that frame your teeth play an important supporting role in a winning smile. Gums that are symmetrical and proportional provide a beautiful frame for your teeth, like an attractive frame around a painting.  

But if you have excessive gum tissue, your gums may make teeth look small or uneven. And a jagged gum line makes even perfect teeth look misshapen.

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Lauren Shanard of Williston uses laser gum contouring to reshape gums, creating beautiful smiles quickly and with minimal discomfort. Dr. Shanard has more than two decades of experience and is the only dentist in Vermont to be accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Whether it is gum contouring, a smile makeover, or beautiful porcelain veneers, Dr. Shanard has the advanced cosmetic dentistry training needed to create a smile that is both beautiful and uniquely yours.

Gum Contouring

During gum contouring to reshape your gum line, Dr. Shanard uses a diode laser to quickly vaporize excess gum tissue, precisely reshaping the gum line to create an attractive and symmetrical frame for your teeth. Lasers have transformed gum reshaping by reducing discomfort and providing outstanding precision. The procedure is minimally invasive and done with local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort.

As the laser reshapes the gums, it simultaneously sterilizes and seals blood vessels to reduce bleeding and speed recovery. Patients may experience some minor swelling and some discomfort, but these are typically managed with simple over-the-counter pain medication. 

To achieve the best results, in some cases it is necessary to remove a small portion of the bone underneath the gums. This safe procedure helps create a more attractive gum line for some patients.

Recovery is quick. You should be able to return to your normal routines the day after treatment. However, to ensure a speedy recovery, you should avoid hard and crunchy foods until your gums heal. This means avoiding foods that tend to become lodged between the gums and teeth, such as popcorn or small seeds. You should also brush and floss gently until your gums heal. Rinsing with warm salt-water helps many people keep their gums clean and ease discomfort during the healing process.

Good Candidates for Gum Contouring

People with gummy smiles or who are bothered by an uneven gum line make ideal candidates for gum contouring. Problems gum contouring can solve include:

  • Excessive Gum Tissue. The laser removes excess gum tissue that overhangs teeth, making your smile look “gummy.”
  • Jagged Gum Line. An uneven gum line can make your teeth look misshapen or out of alignment. The laser will precisely sculpt a uniform and even gum line, making your smile more symmetrical and attractive.
  • Small Teeth. Excessive gums can hide a significant portion of a tooth, making it look small as compared to your other teeth. By removing the excess tissue, more of the tooth will be exposed, making it look normal.

Next Steps

If you are considering gum contouring, Dr. Shanard will assess your teeth and gums to ensure it is the proper treatment. In addition, she will check to verify your gums are healthy before the procedure. Gum contouring should be done on firm, healthy gums. If your gums are inflamed, Dr. Shanard can discuss correcting the infection before proceeding with the treatment.

A personal consultation where we can discuss your needs is the first step to improving your smile.

Please contact us today for an appointment.

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