Enhance Your Smile With Laser Gum Contouring

2217 imageset 1 before.jpg2217 imageset 1 after.jpgFor some patients, gum tissue can make them self-conscious about their smile. Luckily, there are easy corrective options to give you a more balanced appearance. This post answers some of the most commonly asked questions about a laser gum lift and laser gum contouring.

What Is Laser Gum Contouring?

Laser gum contouring is a dental procedure known by other names, like laser gum treatment, laser gum surgery, cosmetic gum lift, and smile lift. It uses a laser to reduce and reshape the gums around the teeth, typically for the purpose of creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Gum Contouring?

Dentists primarily recommend laser treatment for gums for patients who have excessive or uneven gum tissue, resulting in a gummy smile. Good candidates for this procedure should generally have good oral health. It’s particularly important for them to be free of gum disease to ensure a rapid recovery after the procedure. Like other cosmetic procedures, patients should have a realistic expectation of the results they can achieve.

How Does Laser Gum Contouring Work?

The dentist will first examine your gums and teeth thoroughly to assess your specific needs and desired outcomes. You may receive local anesthesia or light sedation to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

Your dentist will then use a dental laser specifically designed for gum contouring to remove excess gum tissue and reshape the existing tissue. The laser cauterizes the tissue during the procedure, minimizing bleeding and promoting faster healing.

What Is the Recovery Process Like?

Patients may experience some mild discomfort or tooth sensitivity after a gum lift, which should be manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. You also need to follow your dentist’s post-operative instructions, which may include recommendations like eating softer food and oral hygiene practices that are stricter than your normal routine.

Most patients who undergo a laser gum lift are able to resume their normal daily activities within two days. The final results should be long-lasting, although the appearance of the gums will continue to change over time.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Explore your laser gum lift options with Dr. Ronald W. Konig at the Konig Center for Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, TX. You can reach us by calling (713) 668-2289 or completing our online contact form.

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