Katy Cosmetic Dentist: Laser Gum Contouring

Katy cosmetic dentist looking at a patient's teeth

 

Is your smile “gummy?” Do you have an uneven gum line? We think everyone should love their smile, which is why our Katy cosmetic dentist offers gum contouring services. Gum contouring helps reshape your gum line to improve the look of your teeth and smile. In this blog, we’ll discuss some reasons for gum contouring as well as what to expect from the procedure. Read on to learn all about laser gum reshaping from our dentist!

Talk to Your Katy Cosmetic Dentist About Your Gums

woman with gummy smile who may be a candidate for laser gum contouring from our Katy cosmetic dentist
Talk to our Katy cosmetic dentist if you have a gummy smile or uneven gum line.

Most of us take our gums for granted, but they’re an important part of our smile. Your smile is made up not only of your teeth, but your lips and gums as well. They also are essential for keeping your teeth healthy and in the right place. Therefore, it’s a good idea to talk to your Katy family dentist about your gums. Check in on your gum health at your next appointment and if you have cosmetic concerns about your gums, discuss them with our dentist. There are many ways we can enhance the look of your gums and overall smile. One of these solutions is through laser gum contouring to reshape the gum line for a more aesthetically-pleasing smile. 

What is Laser Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is essentially a procedure where your Katy cosmetic dentist reshapes the gum line on one or more teeth to improve the look of your smile or to address a specific dental health concern. Most of the time, gum contouring is done for cosmetic reasons to help you love your smile and feel more confident showing off those pearly whites. 

There are several ways to achieve this based on your concerns. For instance, for receding gums, we may be able to do a gum graft with tissue usually taken from the roof of your mouth. However, laser gum contouring involves removing parts of the gum tissue for a more even, balanced look. With this procedure, our cosmetic dentist uses a special soft tissue laser to trim away excess gum tissue. This exposes more of the crown of the tooth and can have a huge impact on the beauty of your smile. 

When to Consider Laser Gum Contouring from Your Katy Cosmetic Dentist?

There are many reasons why you might consider gum contouring from your Katy cosmetic dentist. In most cases, it’s because you don’t like the look of your gum line. Though, as we’ll discuss briefly, there are some times where gum contouring may be recommended for a dental health issue. Here are some reasons to talk to our dentist about laser gum reshaping:

Talk to Your Katy Cosmetic Dentist if You Have a Gummy Smile

Laser gum contouring can be helpful if you have a gummy smile. Gummy smiles are essentially where more of the gum shows than you would like. Usually this is because the gums have grown farther than average, covering more of the tooth’s surface. Of course, this generally comes down to personal preference, but recent research indicates that three or more millimeters of gum tissue that shows when you smile is typically considered not aesthetically pleasing. This is also known as a “gummy smile” because there is a lot of gum tissue exposed when you smile or talk. 

If this is the case for you, our Katy cosmetic dentist may recommend gum reshaping with a soft tissue laser. This can remove some of that extra gum tissue to push back the gum line and make your teeth look bigger and more natural. 

Discuss Gum Reshaping for Uneven Gum Lines

In other cases, you may have an uneven gum line that makes you feel self conscious when you smile. Maybe one front tooth has a much larger gum line than another, or maybe each tooth has a different gum line. This can also detract from your smile and overall appearance, but more importantly, many people feel insecure about their smile because of this. Gum contouring can also help with this issue as well. The dentist can reshape the gums along one or multiple teeth to make them more even to help improve your smile. 

Your Katy Family Dentist May Recommend Gum Contouring for Medical Reasons

Less commonly, you may need laser gum contouring for medical reasons. In these cases, your insurance may cover part of the procedure, unlike getting gum contouring for cosmetic reasons. One example of when you might need gum contouring for a dental health issue is for periodontal disease. Typically treatment begins with non-invasive solutions like improving dental hygiene or using antibiotics to kill the bacteria in the gums. However, sometimes surgery is needed. Gum contouring may be paired with gum pocket reduction to help remove the area where a lot of bacteria can hide and cause gum disease. 

How Does My Katy Cosmetic Dentist Contour My Gum Line?

If you think you need laser gum contouring, then the first step is to schedule an appointment with our dentist. Dr. Taha can discuss the pros and cons of the procedure with you and determine if you’re a good candidate. The procedure itself takes place in-office under local anesthesia (so you’ll be awake, but your gums will be numb). The dentist then uses a laser to precisely remove the unwanted gum tissue and improve the look of your gums. Everyone is different, but usually this cosmetic dental procedure takes just one to two hours, depending on how much gum tissue needs to be contoured. 

Benefits of Soft Tissue Laser Procedures for Gum Reshaping

Wondering why we use a laser for gum contouring? There are many reasons. While it is possible to use a scalpel, lasers offer many benefits for soft tissue dental procedures like gum reshaping. For instance, they are typically less painful than using a scalpel. Also, the light and heat energy cauterize the area immediately, which helps reduce bleeding and can help speed healing after your procedure. 

Recovering from Laser Gum Contouring from Your Katy Cosmetic Dentist

Another question many people have about laser gum contouring is what the recovery period looks like. You should always discuss specific post-op instructions and guidelines with your Katy cosmetic dentist, as they will personalize instructions to you. However, usually you don’t require any down time after the procedure, though you may still feel numb afterwards and may want to rest. There may be some mild pain or discomfort in the hours and days after your procedure, but most people can manage this with over the counter pain medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. However, you may need to avoid aspirin because it can increase bleeding. 

You might also have some mild swelling after gum contouring. Once again, this is typically mild and goes away in a day or two, but you can manage it with cold compresses in most cases.

The dentist may recommend eating soft, cool foods to avoid hurting your gums. For instance, some foods you can usually eat after gum contouring include:

  • Ice cream
  • Jello
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce 
  • Pasta

You want to avoid hard foods that might damage the gums, such as nuts, seeds, and crunchy foods. Also, you probably want to forego any spicy foods for a while after surgery to avoid causing more pain. 

Healing is different for everyone, with some people recovering in just days and some taking a few weeks. However, most people recover in 7 to 10 days. If you’re still experiencing symptoms after two weeks, then you should call your dentist. 

The ToothBooth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry: Your Top Katy Cosmetic Dentist

Get the dental care you need at The ToothBooth. We offer a wide range of services to help you keep your smile healthy and looking great. Whether you need a family dentist, cosmetic dentist, or emergency dentist, we have you covered. Our team is here to help you with any dental health concern. Our dentist, Dr. Taha, offers years of experience and training to provide you with quality dental care for the whole family. Call us now at (832) 437-0841 to book an appointment!