Laser Gum Contouring
If you have a gummy smile that you dread seeing in photos, you might find it hard to flash others an easy, carefree grin. Thankfully, however, gum contouring is an effective treatment that can free you of your gummy smile once and for all, allowing you to gain confidence in your smile after just a single visit.
Gummy smiles are caused by an excess of gum tissue over your teeth—beneath your gums, your teeth are an average length. Gum contouring involves expertly removing the excess gum tissue, allowing more of your teeth to be visible in your smile. Since this does involve cutting your gums, Dr. Alhadef will administer localized anesthetic before he begins in order to keep you comfortable. He then uses a laser to cut the excess gum tissue away, careful to avoid removing too much and exposing the roots of your teeth. In contrast to the traditional scalpel method, the laser results in a more precise cut, less bleeding and swelling both during and after the procedure, and a faster healing time.
The difference in your smile will be immediate, and will continue to improve as your gums heal. With the help of this simple procedure, your smile will no longer embarrass you, but can enable you to feel confident and beautiful.
Will gum contouring hurt?
Since Dr. Alhadef uses localized anesthetic, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. You will have some pain during the healing process, but over-the-counter pain medication can help ease it. You shouldn’t take Aspirin, however, as it can cause bleeding.
What can I expect from the recovery period?
Recovering from gum contouring can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. During this time, you should follow the instructions that Dr. Alhadef gives you regarding what you can and cannot eat. In general, you should avoid hot or spicy foods, as well as any food that has seeds or kernels that could get stuck in or irritate your healing gums. You will heal faster if you stick to cool, soft foods that won’t irritate your gums.
What if I have too little gum tissue?
A gum line that is too high can make your teeth look too long and cause the roots of your teeth to become exposed. This can be caused by a number of issues, including periodontal disease. If periodontal disease is the underlying cause and is still an active problem, you will need to receive treatment for this first so that your gums stop receding.
Once underlying causes have been ruled out or treated, there is a gum contouring treatment that involves grafting some of your gum tissue or sterile gum tissue from a donor onto the areas of your gums that need it.
Are there any oral health benefits to gum contouring?
Gum contouring to get rid of your gummy smile is a purely cosmetic procedure; it doesn’t have any oral health benefits. If you’re repairing gum recession, however, the procedure can help protect your roots from decay and reduce sensitivity in your teeth.
Will insurance pay for the procedure?
Since gum contouring is generally seen as a cosmetic procedure, most insurance companies will not help you pay for it. Learn more about your dental financing options.