What Is Laser Gum Contouring?

In laser gum contouring, Rochester Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Wolfe uses a laser to reshape your gum tissue. The laser can easily redraw the borders of your gum tissue. This can transform areas of your gums that are overgrown or uneven.

In the process, he can make sure your gums create an even line that helps your smile look straight. He can also create a uniform scalloped appearance to your gums that helps your teeth and gums look healthy. Finally, he can eliminate growths or pockets in your gums that make ideal shelters for bacteria and can contribute to gum disease.

The procedure is closely related to and can be combined with crown lengthening.

Are You a Good Candidate?

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your gums, you might be a good candidate for laser gum contouring. However, Rochester Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Wolfe will want to do an exam first to make sure.

It’s important for Dr. Wolfe to understand why your gums are uneven. In some cases, there is no particular cause for concern and Dr. Wolfe can easily proceed with the procedure. Other times, your gums might be swelling or receding because of gum disease that needs to be treated before cosmetic work begins. Sometimes gum growth could be related to other health problems that might need to be addressed.

If you have a clean bill of health and will benefit from laser gum contouring, Dr. Wolfe will recommend the procedure.

The Laser Gum Contouring Procedure

Before laser gum contouring, you will get local anesthesia to control discomfort. Then we will perform a professional cleaning and dry your teeth and gums so there is less liquid to interfere with the procedure. Dr. Wolfe uses a laser to precisely remove gum tissue. It works very quickly and cauterizes the area, minimizing bleeding. When he completes the procedure, Dr. Wolfe will provide a final rinse and you can see the results.

These results will evolve as healing occurs over the next 1-3 weeks. However, discomfort following the procedure will be minimal.

In the past, gum contouring was done using a blade, and some dentists still do it this way. Gum contouring with a blade leads t