If you are unhappy with how excessive or uneven gum tissue affects your smile, Drs. Bruce and Robert Lee offer gum contouring. Using an advanced laser to minimize discomfort during and after the procedure, our doctors can gently sculpt the gums to create a more aesthetic frame for your smile. Whether you need contouring for cosmetic or restorative purposes, our doctors are dedicated to providing every patient with positive, friendly dental service so that you feel comfortable at our Centennial, CO, office.
What is Laser Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring is simply a procedure in which a doctor removes and shapes a patient's gum tissue. Doctors may suggest the treatment as a solution to either cosmetic concerns and periodontal disease. Although traditionally done with scalpels and sutures, our practice is proud to offer laser gum contouring. Because the laser trims and cauterizes tissue simultaneously, there is no need for sutures. As a result, patients often report a smoother recovery with less discomfort and bleeding.
As a cosmetic service, the procedure is typically recommended for concerns such as:
- Excessive gum tissue or a "gummy smile"
- Uneven gum line
- Short or stubby teeth
However, gum contouring is still a type of surgery. Consequently, it is only suggested as a cosmetic option to patients who are already in overall good oral health. Patients suffering from decay or periodontal disease should receive treatment for these conditions first.
Benefits of Laser Treatment
Scalpels and sutures, while effective tools for contouring, do present a number of drawbacks. Performing the procedure with a laser instead offers a number of advantages, including:
- Faster recovery
- Less bleeding
- Reduced risk for infection
- More accurate results
- Minimal swelling and discomfort
- Less risk for infection or other complications
Overall, laser dentistry supports a more comfortable recovery for patients.
The Gum Contouring Process
In most cases, our doctors can complete a gum contouring procedure in a single, hourlong appointment. Before beginning, Dr. Lee will numb the gums and surrounding tissues with an anesthetic to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your visit. He can then begin trimming the gum line with a handheld laser, gently reshaping and removing small portions of gum tissue. As the tissue is trimmed, the laser immediately cauterizes the remaining tissue, preventing excessive bleeding or swelling and eliminating the need for sutures.
What to Expect During Recovery
After the procedure is completed, you can return to your normal routine fairly quickly. Even with laser dentistry, however, it is not uncommon for patients to experience some soreness in the first few days. To minimize these side effects, we typically recommend rest for the remainder of the day, over-the-counter pain medication, and temporary elimination of nuts, seeds, chips, or hot and spicy food from your diet.
Laser gum contouring is a reliable, precise option for reshaping your smile.
Although there may be some swelling the following day, patients are usually able to speak, eat, and drink normally. Keeping your teeth and gums clean with gentle, methodical brushing and flossing techniques can help minimize the development of any infection. Most patients recover fully from the procedure in about a week.
Contact Our Office
Laser gum contouring is a reliable, precise option for reshaping your smile. Contact our office online or call (303) 400-9700 to set up an appointment with Dr. Bruce Lee or Dr. Robert Lee to discuss potential treatment.