Do you have an uneven gum line or an overly gummy smile? Gum contouring, conducted at our Atlanta, GA, dental practice, uses the latest technology in laser treatments to gently reshape the gum tissue and promote a faster recovery. This treatment can also be combined with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as porcelain veneers, in order to create an overall brighter, younger-looking smile. By using the diode laser, we can ensure a smooth recovery with immediate results and minimal discomfort.
The Gum Contouring Procedure
Before beginning the gum contouring treatment, Dr. Murray will meet with you to personalize the procedure to fit your cosmetic goals. He will take note of what you hope to achieve, and answer any questions you may have. Depending on your needs, gum contouring can target specific teeth or the entire gum line.
By using the diode laser, we can ensure a smooth recovery with immediate results and minimal discomfort.
During your appointment, Dr. Murray will carefully numb the gum tissue with local anesthesia in order to make you more comfortable during the procedure. Using the dental laser, Dr. Murray will carefully trim the gum line, removing excess tissue to reveal a healthier-looking and more symmetrical smile. Laser gum contouring allows the dentist to simultaneously incise and seal the soft gum tissue, eliminating the need for sutures and reducing your risk of infection. This approach is far more sophisticated, comfortable, and beneficial than traditional methods involving the use of a scalpel.
The entire procedure typically takes about an hour, and you can return to regular activity afterwards. We recommend avoiding any food or beverages that may cause irritation to the area until your gum line has completely healed, including foods that are spicy or contain seeds. Most patients require a full week to heal after gum contouring.
Are You a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
If you feel that otherwise healthy teeth look worn or underdeveloped, excess gum tissue may be the problem. In order to determine your candidacy for gum contouring, Dr. Murray will perform a comprehensive assessment of your oral health using x-rays and other tools. If your teeth and gums are healthy, Dr. Murray may recommend undergoing the procedure for cosmetic purposes. In many cases, gum contouring can be implemented as part of a smile makeover. In other cases, if you are experiencing gum disease, the diode laser can be used to eliminate infected tissue.
The Laser Advantage
Gum contouring performed with a diode laser can be extremely beneficial to patients looking to transform their smile. This approach is exceedingly precise and efficient, and can provide:
- Improved symmetry in your smile
- Improved proportions between your gums and teeth
- A significant boost in confidence
- A younger-looking appearance
- Minimal discomfort during treatment
- Faster recovery with less risk of infection
- Recovery without the need for sutures
Contact Us Today
Dr. Murray and his team believe that every patient deserves to experience the life-changing benefits of a beautiful smile. We proudly bolster our level of service with ongoing education and the very latest in dental technology. To learn more about how you can benefit from gum contouring, please contact us today.