Enhance Your Smile With Laser Gum Contouring
A beautiful smile consists of more than even, white teeth. Some patients are bothered by an asymmetrical gum line or excess gum tissue, which can contribute to the appearance of a "gummy smile." At Jeppson Dental, we help solve this concern for patients with laser gum contouring. Many of our Provo, UT, patients enhance their appearance with gum reshaping for a truly radiant smile. Laser gum contouring offers a number of benefits over traditional techniques. Using a precise, minimally invasive laser, Dr. Joe Jeppson can remove excess gingival tissue with little recovery time and minimal discomfort. In just one short appointment, you can see a dramatic difference in your entire appearance. Please contact our office today to set up your appointment.
Determining Your Candidacy
Some patients experience an overgrowth of gum tissue, which can cover a portion of the teeth. This can be a genetic trait, or the condition can be caused by certain types of prescription medication. Excessive gum tissue can make the teeth look smaller, affecting the appearance and proportions of your smile. Other patients simply have an uneven or asymmetrical gum line, which can also take away from the beauty of your smile.
During a consultation, Dr. Jeppson will evaluate your oral health and discuss your concerns to determine the best treatment plan. If you have periodontal disease or any signs of decay, for example, these issues will first need to be treated before you can undergo cosmetic procedures.
The Laser Contouring Procedure
At your gum reshaping appointment, your soft tissue will first be numbed to ensure your comfort. Dr. Jeppson will remove very small amounts of tissue until the desired outcome is achieved. As he resculpts your gums with the soft tissue laser, you will experience no bleeding, and no sutures are required. The laser works to seal and sterilize the tissue, reducing the chances for infection.
Most patients report the laser procedure to be remarkably quick and virtually painless. When your gum contouring is complete, you can return home and resume your usual activities. However, you will need to consume soft foods and follow other post-operative instructions provided by your doctor. Compared to traditional contouring, patients can benefit from a reduced recovery time and minimized side effects, such as inflammation and discomfort.
Benefits of Gum Contouring
Gingival sculpting not only offers a cosmetic enhancement, but also oral health benefits for patients. Removing this excess tissue makes it easier to maintain your oral hygiene and prevent the development of periodontal disease.
Some patients choose to combine gum contouring with other cosmetic dentistry options, such as porcelain veneers. Dr. Jeppson can design a complete smile makeover for you, helping you achieve comprehensive, natural-looking results.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
Dr. Jeppson uses the latest technologies in a friendly, caring environment. Offering convenient appointments with minimal waiting time, we believe in treating patients the way we would like to be treated. Make your appointment today to learn more about whether laser gum contouring is right for you.