Does your smile reveal too much of your gums? Do your excessive gums make your teeth look too small or your smile look uneven? Your Edgewood, KY dentists has an easy solution for your “gummy” smile with gum reshaping. Dr. McMahon can usually complete this cutting-edge cosmetic process in just one visit to Edgewood Dental Care, although many patients often do this along with other cosmetic procedures and orthodontics.
What is Gum Reshaping?
Gum reshaping, also known as gum recontouring or gingival contouring or sculpting, is a very easy way to reduce the size of your gums and balance your smile. This noninvasive treatment uses a laser to painlessly shape your gums to get the smile you want. It is also helpful if you have recently been treated for gum disease and have an uneven gum line you want to fix.
What is the Process?
To determine whether gum reshaping can improve your gummy smile, Dr. McMahon will do an examination of your mouth and take X-rays of your teeth and underlying bone structure. In just minutes, our digital X-rays can give us clear pictures that we will use in planning your procedure. If these images indicate problems, such as disease or decay, Dr. McMahon will need to treat those before your gum reshaping procedure. This will help ensure your gums are in good condition to heal quickly.
Once our Edgewood, KY dentists has cleared you for gum reshaping, he will administer a local anesthesia to make you comfortable. Using our LANAP state-of-the-art soft tissue laser, he will gently guide the laser along your gums to remove excess gums and even out your gum line. LANAP makes this process as comfortable and quick as possible. You will have no bleeding, minimal pain, and a quick recovery. Dr. McMahon and our staff have received special training to provide this superior LANAP laser gum procedure to you. Normally, the whole procedure takes no more than an hour – well worth a natural looking gum line and dramatically improved smile.
How Quickly Will I Recover?
Your recovery from gum reshaping will take only a few days, thanks to the soft-tissue laser. You may experience some discomfort, but Dr. McMahon will provide you with instructions to make healing as quick as possible. This includes a diet of soft and liquid foods and cautious brushing.
If your uneven gums have been severely affected by gum disease, Dr. McMahon may recommend bone grafting, tissue grafting, or tissue regeneration instead to improve the health of your bone and gums. You will discuss all of these options during your consultation.
For many patients, gum reshaping is often the first step to improving your smile. After your gums are evened out, you may want to consider orthodontics for a straighter smile, veneers for a brighter, flawless smile, or KöR bleaching for a permanently white smile. See our cosmetic dentistry page for other cosmetic services we provide that can maximize your smile’s beauty.
If you are ready for your grin to show more of your teeth, not your gums, let Edgewood Dental Care revive your smile with our laser gum contouring. Contact our Edgewood, KY dentists now for a consultation at 859-474-7830 or request a visit through our online form.