About Gum Sculpting
An abundance of gum tissue can hang over the teeth and create a look known as a "gummy look". This condition can be effectively corrected with gum contouring with the help of a laser. Some dental practices call this as periodontal aesthetic surgery. At DentalWorks - Garfield in Garfield Heights, OH our dentists perform gum sculpting using a special laser to safely and effectively trim off excess gum tissue to reveal more of the tooth. While this procedure is sometimes known as a cosmetic treatment, gum reshaping also improves a patient's oral hygiene by decreasing the risk of infection by getting rid of areas where decay can hide. This assists in lowering the risk for periodontal disease and gum infections.
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What to Expect
Gum reshaping and laser contouring can be done directly within our dental practice in Garfield Heights, OH using a mild numbing agent to decrease any pain or discomfort. Many patients have anxiety regarding a dental procedure, so our dentists are happy to offer sedation for patients who cannot relax during treatment. When the treatment begins the teeth and gums will be thoroughly cleaned and dried and then the laser device will gently remove layers of the gum so that the gum appears natural and straight. The gum contouring laser at DentalWorks - Garfield also works to decrease bleeding and finalize the shape of the gums.
The treated gum tissue may be inflamed and swollen for a short time following laser gum sculpting, but with daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash, the swelling will clear up and the gums will feel normal quickly. Our dentists will go over the post-procedure guidelines along with possible medication to help return to normal faster. Dental exams and cleanings at DentalWorks - Garfield are encouraged to help maintain healthy gums.
Laser gum sculpting may or may not be applied under dental insurance. While it is labeled a cosmetic dental service, but some cases may require this treatment for oral hygiene purposes. The staff at DentalWorks - Garfield will investigate each patient's coverage to get a better idea of their total expenses.
Plan Your Procedure
More Tooth, Less Gum
Abnormal gum tissue cause an unwanted smile. Laser gum sculpting at DentalWorks - Garfield in Garfield Heights, OH can correct this dental abnormality quickly without surgery. Not only will you get a pretty new smile, your dental health will also improve, minimizing the risk for gum disease. Schedule a consultation with our dentists for more information.