Improve Your Entire Appearance with Laser Gum Reshaping
An attractive smile depends on more than just bright, healthy looking teeth. An even gum line and proper gum-to-tooth ratio are also important. Laser gum reshaping is one type of gingival treatment that can improve the look of your teeth and overall appearance simply by reshaping your gum line. Dr. Robert Rothenberg is a skilled cosmetic dentist who uses advanced laser technology to gently remove excess gum tissue, which results in a gummy smile. He can also provide more uniform contouring to asymmetrical gums. To learn more about laser gum reshaping, contact Dr. Rothenberg's Manchester, MO office today.
The Laser Gum Reshaping Process
When you visit Dr. Rothenberg, he will listen carefully to your unique aesthetic goals and concerns. Once he determines laser gum reshaping is right for you, Dr. Rothenberg will evaluate your teeth and gums to determine the precise amount of tissue that needs to be removed. Although laser gum reshaping only treats your gums, it can ultimately make your teeth look more symmetrical and proportionate within your smile.
Before the procedure begins, Dr. Rothenberg will apply local anesthesia to the treatment area. Laser treatment is nearly painless, but numbing the area will further ensure your comfort. Next, Dr. Rothenberg will gently remove a small amount of gum tissue from your gum line. For some patients, only a few teeth will require gum reshaping, while others may have overhanging gum tissue on several teeth. Dr. Rothenberg constantly evaluates the look of your smile during treatment, using a conservative method of tissue removal until your desired look is achieved. Most laser gum reshaping treatments require just a single visit that can take less than an hour to complete.
Unlike traditional gum contouring, which uses a scalpel to cut away excess gum tissue, laser gum reshaping requires no sutures after surgery. Because the laser cauterizes blood vessels at the incision site, you will experience minimal bleeding and your gums will begin to heal quickly. After treatment, you may experience some minor discomfort and swelling, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Benefits Of Laser Gum Reshaping
Laser gum reshaping is often combined with other cosmetic treatments and included in smile makeover plans. Many patients choose to have their gums reshaped before they receive porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Others choose in-office or take-home whitening treatments to evenly brighten their teeth. Dr. Rothenberg is able to perform all types of cosmetic treatments in his office, so there is no need to visit several different specialists.