Toronto Laser Gum Contouring
What Is Laser Gum Contouring?
Laser gum contouring, or gum reshaping, is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses laser technology to remove excess gum tissue and improve the appearance of the gum line. At the Art of Dentistry in Toronto, laser gum contouring is just one of the many cosmetic services offered to patients. This quick and painless procedure is commonly performed on patients with “gummy smiles,” or gums that extend well below the lip line. Gummy smiles tend to make teeth look small and un-proportional to the rest of the smile. Laser gum contouring provides a great solution this aesthetic problem. This unique laser treatment can also improve the look of uneven gum lines. Dr. Weiss specializes in cosmetic dentistry and offers consultations to patients thinking of having this procedure done.
What Is the Procedure Like?
Before the use of laser technology, gum contouring was an invasive procedure that involved the use of a scalpel. This procedure often caused bleeding, discomfort, and a longer recovery time. Thankfully, gum contouring has moved light-years ahead through the use of modern laser technology.
Laser gum contouring is typically a very short and painless procedure. First, Dr. Weiss will numb the patient’s mouth with a local anesthetic. Next, he will use a laser to trim away any excess or uneven gum tissue, and to reshape the existing tissue. Through the use of a diode laser, any exposed blood vessels will be sealed off, which drastically minimizes bleeding and healing time. This procedure generally takes anywhere between 20 minutes to two hours, depending on the amount of reshaping performed.
Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth may be fitted with custom veneers or crowns prior to gum contouring. Other patients may wish to undergo teeth whitening or dental bonding treatment in combination with laser gum contouring.
What Is the Recovery Time?
Generally, the recovery time for laser gum contouring is minimal. During the actual procedure, patients will not feel any pain. Following the treatment, patients may feel slight discomfort or sensitivity around the gum area, but this is normal and will subside quickly. In fact, many patients are able to eat, drink, talk, and function like normal the very same day as the procedure! A full recovery generally takes one to three weeks.
Candidates for Laser Gum Contouring
The ideal candidates for laser gum contouring are those with already healthy gums that are simply in need of gum reshaping and trimming. Patients with existing periodontal problems will need to have those issues addressed before undergoing laser gum contouring.
Although laser gum contouring is a purely aesthetic procedure, it has vastly changed the appearance of many patients’ smiles and has given them the confidence to start smiling again. Contact Dr. Weiss today to learn more about this exciting treatment. He will gladly get you started on achieving a more beautiful smile!