When considering the appearance of the smile, it is natural to think about the color, shape, or size of the teeth. However, as the foundation for the teeth, the gums also have a dramatic effect on the overall appearance of the smile. Patients who live with excessive gum tissue or an uneven gum line are all too familiar with how these imperfections can negatively affect the smile, leaving many embarrassed to smile, talk, or laugh in front of others. Dr. Thomas J. Price is a cosmetic dentist dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smile. When the amount of gum tissue is a cosmetic problem for our Decatur patients, laser gum contouring offers a quick and painless solution.
What Is Laser Gum Contouring?
Laser gum contouring is a cosmetic dental treatment in which Dr. Price uses a dental laser to reshape a patient’s gum line. Excessive gum tissue is trimmed and removed in order to reveal more of the underlying tooth and to create a more even and symmetrical appearance to the gum line. While it may sound like a painful procedure to remove gum tissue, it is actually a virtually pain-free treatment. This is because the dental laser that is used for the procedure acts simultaneously to cauterize the wound. This seals the nerve endings so that the patient is unlikely to experience any discomfort during treatment.
Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring
When the gum line exceeds below the lip line, it can create the appearance of an overly “gummy” smile. An uneven gum line can give the appearance of an uneven, crooked, or unhealthy smile. Laser gum contouring corrects all of these flaws to create an even looking smile while revealing more of the crown of the teeth. In addition to greatly improving the aesthetics of the smile, laser gum contouring offers patients the following benefits:
- Safe, fast, and effective treatment
- Minimal bleeding and swelling
- A virtually pain-free treatment
- No “downtime” required for recovery
- Superior precision and control due to the laser technology
Enhancing Laser Gum Contouring
On its own, laser gum contouring offers our patients many cosmetic benefits. However, because the procedure will reveal tooth material that has been previously concealed, many patients find that the teeth require cosmetic enhancement following laser gum contouring treatment. The tooth color may be uneven or other cosmetic abnormalities may be present. In order to enhance the effects of laser gum contouring by creating the appearance of a beautifully uniform smile, we recommend porcelain veneers treatment. Porcelain veneers offer our patients a complete smile makeover by concealing a wide range of cosmetic flaws such as alignment problems, tooth discoloration, chips, cracks, and gaps. Combined with laser gum contouring, porcelain veneers create a whole new smile that looks naturally beautiful.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Thomas J. Price strives to give each of his patients an optimal dental experience by treating them with kindness and providing a personalized level of care that meets each of our patient’s unique needs. If you have a dental concern that you would like to discuss, schedule a consultation with Dr. Price at your earliest convenience. Dr. Price will listen to your concerns and create a treatment plan that is best suited to help you achieve your oral health and cosmetic goals.