Laser Gum Contouring Can Gently Create a More Attractive, Balanced Smile

Gum contouring at our Richmond, VA, dental practice is a straightforward and simple procedure that can create a more attractive smile. Excessive gum tissue can be bothersome, embarrassing, and affect the quality of your smile. To treat this condition, Dr. Crockett will use soft tissue laser therapy to meticulously contour the gum line, with minimal recovery time. This procedure is sometimes performed with a scalpel and sutures, however, at Davey Crockett Dentistry, gum contouring is completed with state-of-the-art laser dentistry for an overall smoother treatment and recovery.

What is Gum Contouring?

Before and after illustration of gum contouring.Laser gum contouring is a common cosmetic procedure that can benefit patients with a gummy smile and excess gum tissue. Dr. Crockett will use a diode laser to gently sculpt your gum line for improved aesthetics. 

Laser dentistry leads to precise results, reduced risk of infection, minimal recovery time, and the procedure can be performed in less time.

Since this advanced surgical laser cauterizes as it cuts, patients experience less bleeding, precise results, reduced risk of infection, and minimal recovery time. In addition, laser dentistry allows this procedure to be performed in significantly less time.

You may qualify for gum contouring if you:

  • Have healthy teeth and gums
  • Are insecure about the appearance of your smile
  • Have excess gum tissue
  • Have an uneven gum line
  • Have a gummy smile
  • Have short teeth

Gum Contouring: Procedure Details

Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Crockett will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic. For an overall more comfortable experience, he offers other sedation dentistry options, if you struggle with dental anxiety or phobia. Once the gum area is numb and you are comfortable, Dr. Crockett will use a diode laser to gently trim away excess gum tissue and reveal an attractively contoured and symmetrical gum line.

This procedure can be completed during a single office visit, and usually takes about one hour. Each patient responds to surgery differently, but patients can generally expect a full recovery in about one to two weeks.Throughout your recovery, we recommend avoiding nuts and seeds, as well as spicy and difficult-to-eat foods that can irritate your gums and delay recovery.

Maintaining good oral hygiene can also help prevent irritation and infection. For the first few days, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle toothpaste. Some swelling is to be expected, but patients can take over-the-counter pain medication to manage swelling and discomfort. Once your recovery period is complete, you will enjoy greater confidence and improved aesthetics.

Enhance Your Smile Today

Excessive gum tissue is a treatable condition through gum contouringIf you are interested in achieving a more symmetrical gum line and an improved smile, contact our dental practice today. During your personal consultation. Dr. Crockett will explain this straightforward and simple procedure, so that you understand what is involved. At Davey Crockett Dentistry, achieving your cosmetic goals and desired results is our priority.