Refine Your Smile with Laser Gum Contouring.

Laser gum contouring, also known as a gum lift, involves removing excess gum tissue to refine an overly gummy smile, shifting the focus to your teeth, rather than your gum line. It is a virtually painless procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile, with minimal down time. To learn more about laser gum contouring performed by Dr. Emma Y. Wu at her North Andover, MA, dental practice, contact us today.

Gum Contouring: The Basics

During your initial consultation with Dr. Wu, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic goals. If it is determined that laser gum contouring is right for you, the first step of the procedure is administering local anesthesia to numb your gums.

Next, Dr. Wu uses a diode laser to carefully restructure the gum line around the tooth. The procedure can be performed on a single tooth or on the entire gum line, without damaging the surrounding tissue. Once the procedure is complete, you can return home, and the local anesthetic will gradually wear off.

Benefits of Laser Technlogy

The diode laser used in gum contouring is an advanced technology that emits precise, potent bursts of light. As the laser cuts your gums, the technology allows for less bleeding and less chance of infection, as compared to the traditional use of a scalpel. The entire procedure is virtually painless, since the use of a scalpel is eliminated, and can be completed in one brief visit to our office. 

Who is a Good Candidate?

Laser gum contouring is a good option for patients who are concerned about an overly prominent gum line. Excessive gumminess can make your teeth appear small, and an uneven gum line can distract from your teeth. Laser gum contouring allows you to achieve a streamlined smile, allowing the focus of your smile to be on your teeth, rather than your gums.

Patients sometimes combine gum contouring with other cosmetic procedures, such as Invisalign® or the placement of porcelain veneers. These options can be discussed at your initial consultation with Dr. Wu, and added to your treatment plan if desired.  

No matter how straight or white your teeth are, an uneven gum line can detract from your smile. By achieving a subtler, smoother gum line through gum contouring, you may feel more confident in your smile.

What is Involved in Recovery?

The use of a diode laser offers several benefits, one of which is a more comfortable recovery. Your gums may feel sore or swollen for up to one week after your procedure. Generally, this discomfort does not interfere with daily activities such as speaking, eating, or drinking.

You will be asked to make some temporary lifestyle adjustments, such as eating soft foods and avoiding certain foods, such as those that are spicy. Dr. Wu may recommend that you take a pain reliever to help manage your discomfort during recovery. You will also be advised to brush and floss very carefully in the days following the procedure.

How Can I Learn More?

If you are looking to achieve a more symmetrical and attractive smile, this advanced dental technology offers a wealth of benefits. To learn more about laser gum contouring and how it can help you reach your cosmetic goals, schedule your consultation today.