A beautiful, balanced smile is determined by more than just the appearance of your teeth. A proportionate and even gum line also plays a significant role. Gum contouring, available at our Missouri City, TX-area practice, can correct several aesthetic concerns, including an uneven gum line or gummy smile, which is caused by an excessive amount of soft tissue. Depending on your case and treatment goals, our doctors can often perform gum contouring in just one office visit. The procedure can provide stunning results on its own, or can easily be combined with other cosmetic procedures for a transformed smile.
Am I a Candidate for Gum Contouring?
When you attend a consultation at our office, your doctor will perform a complete oral exam to determine whether or not gum contouring is a good option for you. You will discuss your cosmetic concerns as well as treatment goals. If you have any signs of gum disease or other oral health issues, such as decay, these will first need to be treated. Your doctor will also make sure that you have realistic expectations of your results, and that you understand the importance of following specific aftercare guidelines.
The Gum Contouring Procedure
Traditional gum contouring is performed with a scalpel, but our doctors prefer to use a specially designed soft tissue laser. During the contouring procedure, your dentist will precisely trim small amounts of gum tissue to achieve your aesthetic goals. Generally, tissue is removed to reveal more of each tooth's crown, resulting in a bigger and brighter smile. In some cases, the gum line will be made more symmetrical and uniform.
Unlike traditional techniques, laser contouring does not require stitches but you will be required to eat a soft diet for a few days following your visit to our office. You can expect some discomfort and swelling, which can typically be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.
The laser contouring technique offers several benefits over traditional methods, including reduced recovery time, improved comfort, and lower risk of side effects.
Our practice is proud to offer dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic, injectable treatments that can relax the upper lip and achieve other effects to complement the contouring procedure. Contouring is often paired with porcelain veneers or incorporated into a comprehensive smile makeover plan.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
Gum contouring can provide patients with a boost of confidence and greater satisfaction in their appearance. Because the laser cauterizes and seals tissue during treatment, the technique offers several additional benefits over traditional methods:
- Reduced recovery time
- Minimized bleeding
- Improved comfort
- Lower risk of infection
The entire procedure can typically be completed within one visit and offers immediate, stunning results.
Arrange a Consultation Today
If the appearance of your gums is detracting from your smile, gum contouring may be the solution you are looking for. We are committed to providing only the most natural-looking results, and will customize your treatment based on your needs. Reach out to Fort Bend Dental Associates today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your candidacy for the procedure.