Reshape Your Gum Line with a Gum Contouring Treatment
When the gums are symmetrical and even, they provide a beautiful frame for teeth. However, low or uneven gums can detract from the appearance of your smile, even if your teeth are perfectly straight and healthy. If you have a gummy smile or an uneven gum line, a gum contouring treatment at H&M Family Dentistry in Aurora, CO, can refine the appearance of your gums. Dr. Hua Gao and Dr. Xiaomei Sui can use advanced laser dentistry techniques to quickly and effectively reshape your gums for a more balanced appearance.
The Benefit of Laser Therapy
In the past, the only option for patients with uneven, low, or asymmetrical gum lines was contouring with a scalpel, which can cause bleeding and discomfort. At our practice, we perform this treatment with an advanced diode laser, sculpting your gums quickly and with virtually no pain. In addition, the laser cauterizes the tissue as it goes, reducing bleeding and your recovery time.
Explore Your Candidacy
Before recommending gum contouring, Dr. Gao or Sui will first assess your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for treatment. They can discuss your aesthetic goals during your initial appointment as well as the cost associated with the procedure. In general, this procedure is recommended for patients with uneven or excessively high gum lines that cover a significant portion of their teeth. Since the risk of complication with laser treatment is low, most patients will qualify for the procedure.
What to Expect
If you decide to undergo cosmetic gum contouring at our office, Dr. Gao or Sui will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during treatment. Then, they will use the diode laser to gently remove excess gum tissue and create a more even gum line. Generally, we can perform the entire treatment in a single office visit. The length of your appointment will depend on how many teeth you want to treat.
Recovering after Treatment
In most cases, patients are able to return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. Your gums may feel sore or swollen for a few days to a week as the tissue heals. During this time, we recommend you eat soft, cool foods and avoid anything spicy. You should also refrain from eating food with sharp edges or small seeds, as these can irritate your gum tissue during the recovery process.
A laser gum contouring procedure from a skilled dentist can significantly enhance the appearance of your smile.
Most patients effectively manage any discomfort after treatment with over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen. You can also use a saline rinse to ease inflammation during healing. It is important to maintain a consistent oral health routine at home during recovery. However, be gentle while brushing or flossing near the treated areas.
Enhance Your Smile
A laser gum contouring procedure from a skilled dentist can significantly enhance the appearance of your smile. At H&M Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of cosmetic procedures that can complement your gum contouring treatment for even more dramatic results. To learn more about laser gum contouring or the other services we offer, contact our office online or call us at (303) 353-9611 today.