Laser Dentistry for Cosmetic Contouring

Laser Dentistry for Cosmetic Contouring

Dec 21, 2017 — by Cristin Dowd, DDS
Tags: Laser Dentistry Gum Contouring

Photo of a hand holding a dental laserIn years past, gum contouring required the use of scalpels, incisions, and stitches. Fortunately, advances in technology have led to the use of laser dentistry. Patients with an uneven smile line, excess gum tissue, or a gummy smile can now undergo a simple procedure that can deliver instant dramatic results.

At Signature Smiles in Woodinville, WA, our doctors offer laser dentistry for cosmetic contouring for a beautifully balanced smile.

How Does Laser Dentistry Work?

In dentistry, laser technology is used for both hard and soft tissues. For gum contouring, we use our soft tissue diode laser. By transmitting energy in the form of light, the laser can vaporize or incise tissue. The levels can be adjusted for various purposes. In fact, every wavelength has a unique output, making it incredibly accurate and predictable.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

When compared to traditional surgical methods, laser gum contouring offers a number of advantages. First, because there is no need for scalpels, there is little to no pain or discomfort. The laser cauterizes as it cuts, so there is also minimal bleeding associated with the procedure.

This treatment is minimally invasive, and offers a quicker recovery time than conventional methods. Best of all, the use of a laser offers extreme precision and accuracy, delivering immediate, noticeable results.

The gums are meant to delicately frame the teeth, rather than be the main focal point of your smile. Patients with excess gum tissue often feel self-conscious about their appearance. Laser gum reshaping can dramatically improve the aesthetics of your smile and give you a much-needed boost in confidence.

Cosmetic Contouring with Laser Dentistry

Undergoing laser gum contouring is a straightforward procedure that can typically be completed in less than one hour. To begin, local anesthesia will be administered for your comfort.

Next, your dentist will carefully reshape the gingival contours, removing any excess tissue. There is no need for stitches, and because the laser sterilizes as it works, the risk for post-operative infection is significantly reduced.

Healing and Recovery

Most patients find they can return to work immediately after their procedure. However, it is normal to experience slight tenderness and swelling for the first five to seven days.

During this time, any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. It is also a good idea to avoid spicy, hard, or crunchy foods for a few days.

It is important to resume brushing and flossing as soon as possible. Proper hygiene will keep your gums healthy and promote faster healing.

Commonly Combined Treatments

Laser cosmetic contouring is often performed in conjunction with other treatments for a dramatic, comprehensive result. Many of our patients opt to undergo professional teeth whitening to achieve a brilliant, dazzling smile.

Others choose to have composite or porcelain veneers placed for a full smile makeover. However, the results of laser gum treatment are so dramatic and so aesthetically pleasing, many patients do not need to have any other procedures performed.

Schedule a Consultation with Us Today

If you have a “gummy smile” or gum tissue that covers a large portion of your teeth, laser cosmetic contouring may be the solution for you.

To determine your candidacy, or to learn more about the procedure, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. You can call our office at (425) 489-1177 or contact us online anytime.

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