Questions About Laser Gum Contouring

When you think of cosmetic dentistry, you might automatically think of the appearance of your teeth. After all, many cosmetic dental treatments are designed specifically to improve the color, shape, size, and appearance of one, several, or all of your teeth. However, your smile’s appearance also includes your gum tissues, which frame your teeth and protect their roots from harmful oral bacteria. When there’s an issue with these tissues, laser gum contouring can improve them with optimal efficiency and results, and with minimally invasive treatment.

What’s the point of gum contouring?

Cosmetic gum contouring is the process of artistically shaping your gum line to make it more symmetrical and uniform across all of your teeth. This is typically necessary for patients who exhibit gummy smiles, or excessive gum tissues covering too much structure on one or more teeth, or who suffer from gum recession (when the tissues begin separating from your teeth).

How do lasers make this easier?

Traditionally, gum contouring is performed with a scalpel, which can produce excellent results but includes a longer healing process, including sutures. By contrast, a soft-tissue laser provides even more precision and less trauma to nearby tissues, which means healing is more comfortable and doesn’t usually require sutures.

What about other gum issues?

In addition to improving your smile’s appearance, lasers can also be employed for severe gum disease treatment. The laser allows your dentist to trim away diseased tissue to allow your healthy gums to heal, reducing the damage that gum disease can cause your smile. The laser also more successfully eradicates gum disease-causing bacteria for more comprehensive treatment results.

Ask Us About the Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring

Gum contouring offers a number of benefits for your smile and oral health, and those benefits are amplified with the use of advanced lasers. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.