You may have a "gummy smile" if the upper portion of your tooth is hidden by excess gum tissue when you smile. At Signature Dentistry of Rochester, laser gum contouring can improve your smile by eliminating the extra soft tissue and revealing more of the enamel of your natural teeth. Gum contouring doesn't just create a more attractive smile, but it also has the potential to improve your dental health by eliminating places where bacteria typically hide. This decreases your risk of getting periodontal disease, cavities, and infections. Make an appointment for a consultation with board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe at our office in Rochester Hills, MI to find out more about laser-assisted gum sculpting and contouring.
Contouring the gums may give you a more attractive smile while also helping your general oral health. You might be a good candidate for gum sculpting if you would like to get a better smile by correcting a “gummy” look. When your gums are low, gum sculpting can give you an even, higher gumline. This procedure is also great if you have had problems with frequent infections or periodontal disease caused by bacteria trapped in large gum pockets.
What to Expect
Laser gum sculpting is done in our office using local anesthesia. Options for sedation may be used if you experience significant anxieties. Before the procedure, your gums and teeth will be professionally cleaned, then dried. Dr. Wolfe can then use a special laser tool to cut away gum tissue until the desired shape and gumline is achieved. The laser tool cauterizes the gums to minimize bleeding throughout the treatment. As soon as your gums are contoured, Dr. Wolfe will rinse your gums so you may enjoy your results. Usually, gum contouring will be complete in a single appointment.
When your treatment is complete, Dr. Wolfe will go over recovery instructions. He might write a prescription for antibiotic medication if symptoms of an infection were noticed during the procedure. Your gums might be red and inflamed for 1 – 3 weeks; however, if you follow a good home oral care routine of daily brushing and flossing, your gum tissue will quickly return to normal. You should still make appointments for yearly dental examinations so Dr. Wolfe can monitor the health of your gums and teeth.
As a cosmetic dental procedure, laser gum contouring isn't usually covered by dental insurance. However, Signature Dentistry of Rochester accepts several payment methods. Dr. Wolfe can discuss estimates of costs at your initial consultation and assist you in attaining medical financing to make your procedure cost-effective.
Laser Gum Contouring
Laser gum sculpting at Signature Dentistry of Rochester is a wonderful treatment for many reasons – it will improve the appearance of your smile, as well as reduce your chances of acquiring gum disease. If you would like to enhance your smile and have better overall oral health, gum sculpting might be right for you. To get more information about gum contouring, contact our office in Rochester Hills, MI to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wolfe.