If gum disease has spread through your mouth, the soft tissue laser we use for cosmetic gum recontouring can also be used to clean the gums and remove bacteria. The laser works by breaking the molecular bonds in the gum tissue, vaporizing the tissue instantly. At the same time, it seals the remaining tissue, reducing any chance of bleeding or infection.
The ravages of gum disease can be difficult to repair because once the process starts, it forms a vicious circle. Neglect of dental hygiene allows bacteria to increase in numbers, the increased number of bacteria creates more decay, which creates more space for them to spread, which creates yet more decay … and so on. The process tends to accelerate. Excellent dental hygiene is the best way to prevent gum disease from the beginning.
Traditional gum surgery uses a scalpel to shape tissue around teeth. When a scalpel is used, there is more trauma to the tissues and, subsequently, more bleeding and swelling.
When laser gum contouring is performed:
Gum contouring or gum reshaping is an effective treatment for patients whose teeth appear to be short or misshapen due to excess gum tissue, or for those who have an uneven gum line. The line of your smile and the teeth that show when you smile are determined by several factors:
Dr. Marshall will examine your gums and teeth before creating a treatment plan specific to your needs. An optimal smile line reveals the least possible amount of gum tissue. For this to occur, the gum contours must be in balance with your upper lip. By performing a laser gum treatment, Dr. Marshall is able to redefine your gum line and the line of your smile to enhance the appearance of your whole face.
If you are concerned about comfort during any dental procedure, talk to Dr. Marshall about your options during your initial consultation.
Dr. Marshall will be able to provide you with all of the information you will need about the recovery process and how to properly care for your teeth during the healing process. The information should include specific instructions on how to care for your teeth and gums. Here are a few tips to help you through the recovery process:
As a cosmetic procedure, gum recontouring can do wonders to improve the quality of your smile. A gum recontouring procedure from Dr. Marshall can bring your gums into proper proportion with your teeth, improving the appearance of your smile and enhancing the natural beauty of your entire face. Cosmetic gum reshaping treatments require just one office visit. After the area is numbed, Dr. Marshall will use very conservative techniques using soft tissue laser to remove the smallest amount of tissue necessary for the best results. This safe and effective method of gum recontouring is part of our devotion to offering the latest in cosmetic dental technology.
Compared to other gum treatments, laser gum recontouring offers several benefits. One of the primary advantages of laser gum recontouring is that the device facilitates the most precise shaping of the gums. The soft tissue laser “cuts” the gums in a unique way that results in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort post-treatment. There is also a lower risk of infection when a soft tissue laser is used, because the dental laser vaporizes tissue, destroying bacteria at the same time.
The risk of complications associated with laser gum recontouring is very low. The few issues that may arise include an adverse reaction to the local anesthesia used during treatment and excessive bleeding or swelling. Because the laser seals blood vessels, bleeding is quite minimal. If you have had a filling or other treatment in which a dentist injected numbing medication into your gums, you should tolerate gum recontouring without adverse reaction.
– Steve B.
We are located in The Times Building, the tallest building in the heart Suburban Square.