How Laser Gum Contouring is Performed By Michael Bixby on April 19, 2013

Laser Gum Contouring ProcedureMany people forget to consider the health and the appearance of their gums when it comes to dental aesthetics. And yet one of the most important parts of a person's smile is the gumline. Gums that look swollen, gums that are receding, or gums that are too prominent can completely alter your overall appearance. This is why people come to our Red Bank cosmetic dentistry center looking for ways to improve the appearance of their gumline. One option that has proven very successful is laser gum contouring, which we'd like to spend a few minutes covering right now.

What is laser gum contouring?

Laser gum contouring refers to the use of safe surgical lasers to treat the soft tissues of the mouth. Generally, gum contouring will involve the removal of excess gum tissue to reveal more of the crown of a tooth. This will make the gums appear less prominent in a person's smile.

When you stop by our dental care center in Red Bank, we will be sure to determine if you are a good candidate for laser gum contouring. By looking at your dental history and considering non-invasive treatments first, we will ensure both improved dental aesthetics as well as lasting dental health.

How does laser gum recontouring compare to gum reshaping methods of the past?

In the past, scalpels and traditional surgical tools were used to remove excess gum tissue. Today, lasers offer a much more effective step forward in providing expert care. The most important reason for this is that dental lasers will cauterize while making cuts in the soft tissue. This means less bleeding during the treatment, reduced need for anesthetic, reduced chance of infection, and improved healing experience and healing time.

Because of these advantages of laser gum recontoruing, dental lasers have become an increasingly common and increasingly essential tool when performing various restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry procedures that involve the gums.

The Gum Recontouring Procedure

In most cases, only a local anesthetic will be required to perform the gum contouring procedure; sometimes no anesthetic will be necessary at all. Patients will be asked to wear protective eyewear since the laser will be in generally close proximity to the eyes. This is a standard precaution when dealing with laser light

During this full mouth reconstruction treatment, the soft tissue laser will be used just as a scalpel would. There is no whirring, drilling, or otherwise invasive noise generated by the laser. Water and/or suction is often used to remove any bleeding and ensure the treatment area remains cool. Sutures may or may not be necessary depending on the extent of the gum reshaping.

Other Options for Improving the Appearance of Your Smile

In addition to gum recontouring and reshaping, there are plenty of other options to consider for getting a great-looking smile, such as Red Bank porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and orthodontic care. We would be more than happy to talk about all of these matters in greater detail during your visit to our office.

Learn More About Advanced Dental Care Treatment

For more information about the latest treatment options available for dental problems related to the gums, be sure to contact our Red Bank cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team will be able to help you get a smile that's healthy and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

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  • The Academy of General Dentistry
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  • The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines

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