Gums that are too low on the teeth can make your teeth look smaller, and your gum line can be uneven. This “gummy smile” can make a person avoid smiling. Fortunately, laser gum contouring with Dr. Flax provides a virtually painless experience that can be part of a plan to help make your smile look great!
What is Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring, sometimes known as “gum lifting” because it raises the gum line, is a great way to change your gum line and dramatically improve your smile. Dr. Flax has helped many people using laser technology to gain the smile they desire.
Prior to the advent of dental lasers, gum contouring was performed with a scalpel and, as you would assume, made for a very uncomfortable recovery. But thanks to dental lasers, gum contouring is fast, simple, and virtually painless.
Gum Lifting Procedure
Dr. Flax uses the Waterlase and Lite Touch Lasers for gum contouring. To begin the procedure, we usually apply topical or local anesthetic to the gums. Dr. Flax then uses the laser to gently adjust and even out the excess gum tissue and sculpt a more uniform, scalloped gum line.
Advantages of Using a Laser for Gum Contouring
The beauty of the Waterlase and Lite Touch Lasers for gum contouring is that the laser energy instantly vaporizes the unwanted gum tissue, and it simultaneously cauterizes the cutting line. This means far less bleeding, dramatically reduced chances of infection, and a far easier recovery.
Gum Lift Recovery Time
Following your gum contouring with Dr. Flax, your gums may be sore and slightly swollen for a few days. The discomfort is minimal, however, and won’t preclude you from eating or drinking normally. You’ll need to avoid overly spicy foods and foods with seeds for a few days, but that’s about it. Ibuprofen will handle any discomfort.
Are There Any Risks With Laser Gum Contouring?
Compared to the excessive bleeding and risk of infection that accompanied gum contouring done with a scalpel, there is very little risk with laser gum contouring. The laser energy provides a precise cut, cauterizes the tissue instantly to minimize bleeding, and makes the procedure relatively simple.
Not everyone has the perfect smile. Some are gummy – showing too much gum and thus making the teeth look smaller. Gum contouring is how Dr. Flax fixes that. Dr. Flax uses the Waterlase® Laser for a faster, virtually painless experience with all that using a laser brings – bloodless incisions, great sightlines, quicker healing time and better results.
Schedule a Consultation
How do you know whether you are a good candidate for gum contouring? Do your teeth look too short for your smile? Do you have an uneven gum line? Is your smile too gummy? To learn more contact Flax Dental today at 678-999-1880 and request an appointment to discuss gum contouring.