Answering Questions About Laser Gum Contouring

The point of cosmetic dentistry is to improve your smile’s appearance, and in many cases, that simply involves correcting one or more issues with your tooth structure. However, sometimes, your smile’s appearance is affected more by the alignment of your gum tissues than the look of your teeth. Often known as a gummy smile, an uneven gum line can be caused by several different factors. For patients in Tucson, AZ, though, it can often be corrected simply, comfortably, and with optimal results thanks to advanced laser gum contouring.

How does gum contouring work?

Gum contouring has been a popular cosmetic dental treatment for some time and has helped countless patients gain confidence by correcting their gummy smiles. The minimally invasive procedure involves carefully trimming the gum tissues that cover more of your tooth structure than they should. This creates a more symmetrical gum line around all of your teeth and a more attractive and healthier appearance for your overall smile.

What do lasers do that’s different?

While gum contouring is always designed to be as minimally invasive as possible, it traditionally involves the use of a scalpel, which often means the need for sutures following the procedure. At our office, we utilize advanced laser technology to perform more advanced and precise gum contouring. The laser produces significantly less trauma to surrounding periodontal tissues so the healing process is more comfortable (and typically suture-less). The results are also more esthetically pleasing due to the enhanced precision of the laser.

Are there long-term benefits to laser contouring?

The most noticeable benefits of laser gum contouring are the simplified procedure and healing process, as well as the more attractive results. However, there are also longer-term benefits for your oral and periodontal health. For example, the laser helps eradicate a larger number of oral bacteria that are known for causing gum disease. This reduces your risks of experiencing gum disease and the related complications that can come with it (such as tooth loss).

Learn More About the Benefits of Laser Gum Contouring

If your smile’s appearance is affected by excessive and uneven gum tissues, then laser gum contouring may offer a comfortable, customizable, and highly effective solution for correcting it. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Colonial Verde Dental building, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.